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Seattle Police Officer Held In Cyberstalking Case

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police detective accused of cyberstalking a woman and stealing her identity after their relationship soured was arrested Thursday.

The 43-year-old detective was taken into custody by his colleagues at Seattle police headquarters. The 17-year veteran cooperated and surrendered his badge and gun, said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a police spokesman.

“This is something no one ever wants to do, which is to investigate your own colleague,” Whitcomb said.

Whitcomb identified the detective as David N. Blackmer.

According to Whitcomb, the events that led to the officer’s arrest began last week when the woman went to the detective’s Snohomish County home to confront him in front of his family. As retaliation, the detective is accused of creating a Facebook page purporting to be her and including “salacious” pictures of the woman.

Whitcomb did not comment on whether the relationship was an affair.

After the woman saw the Facebook page, she filed a complaint with the Seattle Office of Professional Accountability, saying the page caused her “fear and embarrassment.” An investigation was opened.

Whitcomb also said investigators are reviewing allegations that Blackmer assaulted the woman during the July 17 confrontation.

The detective is on paid leave, Whitcomb said, but that would change to unpaid leave if a felony charge is filed.

Blackmer was booked into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett for investigation of identity theft and domestic violence-cyberstalking.

The case will be turned over to Snohomish County prosecutors.

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