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Trooper charged in domestic-related investigation

Mar 15, 2014
Source: Delaware State Police Andrel Martinez

The Delaware State Police have announced the arrest of Andrel Martinez, 38, of Milford in connection with an ongoing domestic dispute with his former girlfriend, as well as violations related to his repeated misuse of the Delaware Justice Information System.

Andrel Martinez has been employed as a Delaware State Trooper for 15 years and is assigned to Delaware State Police Troop 7 Lewes, Uniform Patrol Division with the rank of Master Corporal.

Delaware State Police launched a criminal investigation in January 2014, after a concerned person reported that they believed Andrel Martinez had unlawfully accessed their criminal history records and also data related to this person’s relatives. Investigators immediately reviewed DELJIS records and queries conducted by Martinez and determined that the allegations raised by the reporting person were validated. Investigators continued their comprehensive review of Martinez’s DELJIS inquiries and discovered numerous other DELJIS violations not related to an active police investigation.

During the investigation and continued interviews, State Police Investigators uncovered evidence of domestic related crimes involving Martinez and his former girlfriend, a 34-year-old Sussex County woman, with whom they share a 1 ½ year old child. The couple separated in March 2013 at which time over an eight-month period, Martinez initiated numerous harassing and intimidating visits, text messages, emails, repeated phone calls and voicemails to the victim. Martinez also usedd DELJIS to conduct queries of acquaintances of the victim and also conducted inquiries on the registrations of vehicles that were parked in his former girlfriend’s apartment complex, along with conducting inquiries into the owners of the vehicles.

After having interviewed the victim concerning the specifics of the allegations and conducting preliminary DELJIS reviews, Delaware State Police made contact with Martinez and immediately placed him on suspension pending the outcome of the ongoing criminal investigation.

State Police took Martinez into custody late Friday afternoon, March 14, and formally charged him in connection with DELJIS violations with the following crimes: 48 counts of knowingly and wrongfully obtaining criminal history record information, 11 counts of attempted knowingly and wrongfully obtaining criminal history record information, and one count of official misconduct.

Martinez was charged in connection with the domestic incidents with stalking and harassment.

Martinez was processed and arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court and released on $62,000 unsecured bond and issued a no contact order with the victim. He remains suspended pending the outcome of the criminal charges. A photo of Martinez was not available at the time of this release.

The individuals identified during the investigation in which Martinez unlawfully queried utilizing the DELJIS System will be receiving official notification by mail.

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