Sheriff's Office worker charged with cyberstalking
Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Since this story published, all charges were dropped from the record after Andrew Daniel Brunelle successfully completed a deferred prosecution program.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrested one of its own Wednesday, accusing him of stalking another employee.
Andrew Daniel Brunelle, 30, was arrested on a charge of cyberstalking. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday.
According to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Todd Kelly, Brunelle began working at the Combined Communications Center on May 24, 2010, and began dating a woman who also worked at the center in September.
The woman ended the relationship in December, Kelly said.
Brunelle began sending her a series of unwanted text messages described by investigators as vulgar, hateful and taunting, according to an arrest report.
The report states some of the messages appeared to be threats to jeopardize the woman's employment and child custody arrangement.
The woman told deputies about the situation on Jan. 5. Maj. LeGran Hewitt spoke to Brunelle when he reported to work that day. According to department records, Hewitt reviewed the state law on stalking with Brunelle and told him not to have direct or indirect contact with the woman.
Brunelle was suspended with pay on Jan. 6 from his $25,000-a-year job.
On Jan. 10, Brunelle met with sheriff's investigators, was told he was a suspect in their criminal stalking investigation and was told again not to contact the woman.
Detectives said Brunelle sent a message to the woman after his two meetings with department officials and was charged with stalking.