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Sunday, April 1, 2012

State Police Sergeant Accused of Installing Improper Software On Trooper's Computer

Warrant: State Police Sergeant Installed Software On Trooper's Computer, Monitored Her Emails, Chats
The Hartford Courant by Hilda Munoz - March 28, 2012

A state police sergeant illegally entered another trooper's residence, secretly installed software on her computer and monitored her email and chats, according to a warrant for the man's arrest. Kevin Boulier, a sergeant with Troop H in Hartford, was charged by warrant Monday night with third-degree burglary, third-degree computer crime and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned in Superior Court in New Haven on Tuesday, State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said. Boulier is free on a promise to appear and is scheduled to returned to court April 5. Boulier and the alleged victim worked together at the State Police Troop I Barracks in Bethany, the warrant states. She began work there early in 2008, and he started later that year. They worked the midnight shift together and developed a close friendship that, Boulier told police, evolved into a romantic relationship even though he was married, the warrant states. The victim told police that by 2009, he was becoming jealous of her friendships with other men, and that he pressured her to break up with her boyfriend. As time went on, Boulier seemed to know any time she had contact with male friends on Facebook or in person, the warrant states. Sometimes, she noticed that the men's contact information would disappear from her Facebook account, the warrant states. When she asked him about it, Boulier denied being in her account. She had given Boulier a key to her residence, but he wasn't supposed to be there when she wasn't, she told police. While she was away in April 2010, Boulier entered her residence and installed software on her personal computer without her knowledge — software that allowed Boulier to access her emails, chats and passwords, the warrant states.

In October 2010, she noticed that her Facebook account and at least one e-mail account had been deleted. Thinking that her computer had been infected with a virus, she ran anti-virus software. She also mentioned it to Boulier, who denied being involved. But in July 2011, she noticed that her accounts had been compromised again, she told police. This time, she investigated what IP addresses had accessed her accounts and found one registered to the state of Connecticut. She filed a complaint and the investigation began. She mentioned the account breaches to Boulier, who denied it and became angry with her for suspecting him, the warrant states. Investigators found that, between July 1 and July 8, 2011, the woman's accounts were accessed 25 times from a state computer while Boulier was at work, seven times from Boulier's home computer during his off days and twice from a mobile phone, the warrant states. In a statement supplied to police by Boulier's attorney, Boulier says the woman gave him the passwords to her accounts and encouraged him to log on to show him she had nothing to hide. He said that they talked about building a life together, but that he had a child with a health problem and wanted for his child to get better before leaving his wife, the warrant states. He said the woman made up the allegations against him because she is tired of waiting for him to divorce his wife, according to the warrant. Boulier has been assigned to non-police duties and is to have no contact with the public, Vance said. "His police powers have been suspended," Vance said. State police also are planning an internal affairs investigation.

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