A 19-year veteran of the Akron police department who was arrested last week for allegedly stalking and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend now faces additional charges for similar behavior towards her current boyfriend.
Sergeant Eric Paull, 44, was arrested last Thursday (first reported by the Akron Beacon Journal), charged in the Akron Municipal Court with assault and menacing by stalking. "The Akron assault charge alleges that Paull struck the woman months ago. She showed pictures of her injuries to police this week," reported the ABJ. "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.'" The two charges are first-degree misdemeanors.
Two more first-degree misdemeanor charges were filed against Paull in the Stow Municipal Court today, based on threatening behavior that occurred before his arrest last week (Akron Beacon Journal). According to Stow court records, he's charged with menacing by stalking and aggravated menacing. He left bullets on his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend's truck and, in a 911 call the man said that Paull was sitting in front of his Stow house with a gun. He had previously sent threatening emails and texts to them, including a picture of a gun, the paper reported.
Among the many fucked up things Paull is accused of is leaving a handwritten note for his ex at her boyfriend's house that included a hashtag: "I love you... #mine."
Paull was previously arrested for drunk driving in Jan. 2014 after crashing his car on I-76, with a BAC over the legal limit at .093. He'd plead to a lesser charge of having physical control of a car while intoxicated. Someone in his driver intervention program told a judge he "began drinking in September 2013 after his divorce but had curbed his drinking since his arrest," Ferrise reported.
According to his LinkedIn page, he leads Akron police's "Planning Research and Development \ Crime Analysis," and describes his duties as such:
Supervise the crime analysis unit four fulltime employees. Two dedicated fulltime to crime analysis, two dedicated fulltime to intelligence analysis in addition supervise one law enforcement planner and one financial analyst. Work as an analyst doing both intelligence analysis and crime analysis. Currently manage over 6 million dollars in grant funds. Write and managed over 50 million dollars in public safety grants.
Also according to his page, he's been an adjunct professor at the University of Akron since 2007. He writes: "At the university of Akron teach one to two classes a semester including: Challenges of Police Work, Current Issues, Intelligence for Law Enforcement, Juvenile Justice Process."
He also says he's a "Subject Matter Expert" for the Lafayette Group since November, and was a contractor for Lockheed Martin, reviewing grant applications for the company between 2011 and 2014.