A Seattle police detective who has been with the force since 1996 was arrested Thursday after an investigation into reports he cyberstalked and stole the identity of a woman he was romantically involved with.
The 43-year-old detective, whose identity has not been released, was arrested at work Thursday morning for felony dometic violence for allegedly creating a fake Facebook page of the woman after their relationship ended "less than amicable." He allegedly put salacious photos on the fake Facebook page, along with comments.
"She was concerned about this Facebook page that was made to look like hers," said Seattle Police spokesman Sean Whitcomb. "She was concerned what this would do to her reputation. Based on the information, and without me going into specifics, this information presented on the phony account would cause any reasonable person fear."
The woman reported the incident to police last Wednesday, when the Facebook page was created. The case was turned over to detectives in the Special Operations Bureau, who investigated the allegations and arrested the detective without incident Thursday.
The detective was booked in Snohomish County Jail for Investigation of Identity Theft/Domestic Violence – Cyberstalking. He has been placed on administrative leave.
KING 5's Mitch Pittman contributed to this report.