L.I. Officer Charged With Cyberstalking
Staff and agencies
04 April, 2006

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - A Long Island police officer has been charged with hacking into the e-mail account of a woman he met through an online dating service and posing as her in messages sent to himself and to other men.

Valentine met the woman on Match.com in November and dated her for about six weeks before she broke up with him, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Valentine also sent Match.com messages to 70 men on the dating service to indicate she was romantically interested in them, Spota said. At least twice men showed up at the woman‘s house to take her out on a date, he said.

Valentine‘s attorney, Paul Gianelli, said he planned to "vigorously defend" his client against the charges.

Valentine, who joined the police force in 2002, has been suspended without pay.