Text messages lead to arrest of East Hartford firefighter

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jul. 8, 2011
Lt Christopher Foley of the East Hartford Fire Department was arrested and charged with second degree harassment for allegedly sending offensive text messages. Photo courtesy of EHPD. - Contributed Photo

An East Hartford firefighter has been arrested and charged with second degree harassment, after allegedly sending offensive text messages to a fellow firefighter.

Lt. Christopher Foley was arrested June 20, following a police investigation of approximately 40 anonymous text messages sent between November 2009 and June of this year to an East Hartford firefighter on an official department-issued cell phone.

“The messages were offensive, had foul language, and would certainly cause alarm and upset” to the recipient, said Lt. Curt Stoldt, East Hartford police spokesman. An internal investigation by the East Hartford fire department led fire officials to ask police to investigate the matter.

Foley, who police say admitted to sending the most recent messages, allegedly used his home computer to send some of the text messages, and his son's computer account at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., to send several others. Foley may also have used a computer at a Day’s Inn in Edison, N.J., to send other messages.

Police said Foley's actions appear to be motivated by anger and frustration with a woman with whom the firefighter was in a relationship, and Foley believed that the person had property belonging to him worth $2,000 from his carpentry business. He told police he had been trying to get the property from the woman since 2007.

Foley, who turned himself in to the police, has been charged with five counts of second degree harassment, and released on a $10,000 bond. He is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Manchester on July 20. Foley has been placed on administrative leave with pay by the fire department.

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