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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

[CO] "Resigned" (shoulda-been-fired) Officer Stafford gets out of dv-related felony in plea deal

...The felonies and criminal mischief charge were dismissed as part of Tuesday's plea deal,..

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  • [CO] Officer Stafford arrested: Harassment, stalking, official misconduct & criminal mischief related to dv - ...He was arrested by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of harassment/stalking, official misconduct and criminal mischief related to domestic violence. The harassment count is a class 5 felony... Police also took 13 guns from Stafford's home for safe keeping, including rifles, pistols and a shotgun... "I will be watching you like a hawk"...
  • [CO] Update on Officer Stafford stalking, official misconduct case - ...Stafford, while driving an unmarked Lafayette police truck equipped with warning sirens, gave the woman’s boyfriend a ticket for weaving. Stafford then sent the woman a text message that said, “Your boyfriend just received a ticket, ha ha,” according to the arrest affidavit... In June, the woman told police, Stafford called her boss at Sonic and told him to fire her because she was stealing money and dating an employee. She also told police Stafford sent her text messages while she was at work that indicated he was watching her...
FORMER LAFAYETTE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO MISCONDUCT
Stafford was facing felony stalking
By Zak Brown (Contact)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. - A former charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend and giving her new boyfriend an unwarranted traffic ticket pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor criminal mischief and official misconduct. James Edward Stafford, 34, was arrested by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office in July on suspicion of felony stalking, harassment, official misconduct and criminal mischief related to domestic violence. The felonies and criminal mischief charge were dismissed as part of Tuesday's plea deal, according to court records. Stafford, who resigned from the Lafayette Police Department in March, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered not to have contact with the victims in the case. His guilty plea means he can't be certified as a law-enforcement officer in Colorado. Police cleared the ticket that Stafford issued his ex's boyfriend last July. Stafford's attorney did not return a message seeking comment Tuesday afternoon. [LINK]
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