- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Police have suspended a veteran officer for allegedly harassing a woman she believes was dating the same man she is.

In a news release Friday, authorities said the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office filed a bill of information Jan. 16 against Officer Carolyn Dalton, accusing her of malfeasance in office.

The case was assigned to state District Judge Benedict Willard. Her arraignment is set for Feb. 13.

It was not immediately known if Dalton, a 16-year veteran of the force, has an attorney.

The alleged victim filed a complaint Jan. 8 with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, saying Dalton had come to her home in Chalmette, followed her in a car and demanded that she stop seeing a man that both women were allegedly dating. The complaint says Dalton used profanity and threatened that if the woman didn’t stop communicating with the man, she was “going to get her.”

The police department’s Public Integrity Bureau reassigned Dalton to desk duty after learning of the complaint, which resulted in a restraining order against Dalton.

Through investigation, the department said detectives learned that while on duty, Dalton used the mobile data computer terminal in her patrol car to look up the complainant’s home and business addresses. Investigators also determined that Dalton was not conducting an investigation that would require her to check for that information through the official database.

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