Posted: Dec 20, 2012 10:32 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 10:38 AM
ROCKPORT -- The woman at the center of an investigation into a former Rockport Police officer is speaking for the first time since the officer was indicted on two felony charges Tuesday.
Miranda Trammell, who worked with former officer Michael J. Frye when she was the department's records clerk, said he harassed her for years, and continued to do so even after she left the department. But she said the harassment took a disturbing new turn in the past several weeks.
Trammell said Frye, 52, parked outside her house on several occassions -- both early in the morning and late at night -- running license plate checks on vehicles in her driveway. She said after she filed a formal complaint against him in late-November, he became angry and sought revenge. "He sent an email to my place of employment alleging drug use," Trammell said. "Because he did represent the police department within the email, my job had to send me in for a drug test the same day."
In a letter dated Nov. 30, Frye wrote, "Miranda is upset because she is associating with known drug users at her residence and their place of work..." The letter is signed "Mike Frye" of "Rockport Pd."
Trammell's drug test came back negative.
In an audio recording of a phone call she said is between Frye and her sister, Frye becomes agitated when questioned about the license plate checks. After Trammell's sister asks him why he was running the plates, he launches into a racially-charged tirade. "So, you go have fun with your Mexican boyfriend, eat your tamales and s**t and get f***ed and do speed and stay up all night."
When pressed further about the license plate checks in another part of the recording, Frye said he could "...justify it..." because he wanted "to see what kind of people my son might be around."
Trammell said the conversation took place last month when her sister, with whom Frye has an infant son, was staying at her house after she and Frye briefly broke up.
Under the Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994, it is illegal to run a license plate check without having a legitimate reason.
Police said they have received the audio recording which is part of their investigation. Frye is charged with retaliation and misuse of official information, both third-degree felonies.
Frye would not comment.
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