By Phil Trexler April 14, 2015
An Akron police sergeant, already facing stalking and assault charges involving a former girlfriend, is now charged with a felony for accessing the department’s computer system for personal use.
Eric Paull, 44, was charged Tuesday by fellow Akron police officers on a felony charge of unauthorized use of property. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Akron Municipal Court.
Last week, Paull was released on a $10,000 signature bond after his arrest by Akron police on misdemeanor charges of assault and menacing by stalking.
The newest charge accuses Paull of accessing the police computer database, Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, to obtain information for personal use. OLEG is designed for official police business only. The system contains personal information and addresses of residents.
“He was running [checks on] some of the people he’s accused of harassing,” Chief James Nice said.
Paull used the computer to obtain information on his ex-girlfriend and her new companion, both of whom he is accused of stalking and making threats against.
Paull is also charged in Stow Municipal Court with menacing by stalking and aggravated menacing. He pleaded not guilty during an initial appearance Tuesday with his attorney, Brian Pierce.
Afterward, he was expected to surrender to Akron police on the new felony warrant and be held in the Summit County Jail pending a bond hearing.
Paull was placed on leave from the department on Thursday.
The University of Akron has also removed Paull as an adjunct professor, a position he has held for about seven years.
All the charges relate to accusations that he made threats against a former girlfriend, 29, and her new companion. The woman told police Paull has stalked her since their breakup several months ago. The Akron assault charge alleges that Paull struck the woman months ago.
The woman also told Akron police in a report filed Tuesday that Paull “has followed her, texted her, made threats to kill her and her current boyfriend, and made threats to kill himself.”
In a police report, the woman said that she and Paull ended their relationship months ago, but he continues to contact her in an effort to “force her to talk to him.”
Paull is accused in the report of writing a note to the woman at the home of her new boyfriend: “I love you [Name redacted]” followed by a hashtag “#mine.”
In another report filed Monday with Akron police, the woman said Paull “threatened to cause serious physical harm” to her and her friend “over the period of several weeks.”
On Monday night, the woman and her friend met with Stow police. In a 911 call that the city released, the man said Paull was parked in a black Jeep outside his Wexford Boulevard home.
The man, 41, told a dispatcher that Paull had texted pictures of himself and his gun to the woman.
“Basically, he’s armed and dangerous and he’s sitting out in front of the house,” the man says in the 911 call that Stow police released.
Paul Hlynsky, the police union leader, says he will try to have Paull back on the police force if he can avoid a felony conviction.
Phil Trexler, “Felony charge filed against Akron police sergeant Eric Paull”, Ohio.com, April 14, 2015, http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/felony-charge-filed-against-akron-police-sergeant-eric-paull-1.583231