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CMPD investigating whether dispatcher sexted while on duty

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department dispatcher is under investigation for allegedly sexting with a woman while he was on duty, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department dispatcher is under investigation for allegedly sexting with a woman while he was on duty, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed. Getty Images / File Photo

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department dispatcher is under investigation for allegedly sexting with a woman while he was on duty, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed.

The allegations were initially reported by WCNC-TV, which said it received an envelope with no return address that contained a letter and a CD.

“In the letter, a woman claims she was trying to get a job as a CMPD 911 dispatcher,” the news station reported. “On the disc, there appears to be a Facebook conversation – messages exchanged over several days between her and a man who says he has spent 19 years as a dispatcher.”

The conversation turns explicit, according to the station. There’s reference to an exchanged picture and, at several points, the dispatcher says he’s on duty.

In a statement to several news organizations, CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano said the internal affairs unit is investigating the allegations.

“Employees with the Communications Division are permitted access to the Internet to utilize the resources of the web for work related inquiries,” Tufano said in the statement. “Employees are permitted to access the Internet for personal use during brief down times. Currently the Communications Division is moving forward to utilize the technology of screen capture which would record and monitor the internet activity of tele-communicators.”

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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