Former Pepper Pike officer pleads guilty to stalking

Former Pepper Pike officer pleads guilty to stalking

PEPPER PIKE, OH (WOIO) - A former Pepper Pike police officer has pleaded guilty to stalking a woman from May 1, 2015 to Dec. 7, 2015.

Jeffrey Martin, 55, was arrested in Dec. of 2015 by detectives from the Bedford Police Department, U.S. Marshals and the Aurora Police Department. Pepper Pike police also assisted in the investigation.

Martin was charged with one count of rape and one count of menacing by stalking.

A copy of the incident report from the Bedford Police Department, dated Dec. 7, states that Martin is a "former boyfriend" of the alleged victim. The report states that Martin "raped her and had been stalking her." It goes on to say that Martin was at the department when she filed the compliant against him because he had apparently followed her from her home.

According to the document, Martin had nothing to say about the allegations against him.

Martin was a police officer for the Pepper Pike Police Department from 1991 through 2014. His personnel file, which is more than an inch thick, details several incidents and shows that Martin was suspended four times throughout his time as an officer.

The file shows a 1996 police report from Twinsburg Falls, in which Martin was arrested for an alleged assault. Martin was accused of getting into a fight with a former girlfriend. The report says the woman had "swelling and redness under her left eye." The report states that Martin had a scratch on his face, as well as on his arms, after the alleged assault. The charges were eventually dismissed.

Martin was later accused of inappropriately using his badge off the clock. He was given a 30-day suspension for that offense.

The final accusation made against him as a police officer was in 2014. A woman complained that after Martin responded to her house for a police call, he kept coming back. A document in his file states that the woman complained she was "freaked out" by Martin, and said he was "stalking her" and would show up at her home "unwelcome and uninvited."

Martin initially denied doing anything inappropriate but resigned before a hearing on the matter took place.

He plead guilty to unauthorized use of a computer system, menacing by stalking, aggravated trespassing and impersonation of certain officer.

He will be sentenced on Nov. 10.

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