NEWBURYPORT — After not too long ago receiving 13 “aggressive, inappropriate and escalating” voice messages on her workplace cellphone, an Essex County prosecutor requested a decide on Wednesday to order a Georgetown woman already going through stalking and making annoying cellphone calls prices to stop instantly.
Judge William Martin took about 30 seconds to order Michele Velleman not to contact, immediately or not directly, Essex County prosecutor Gabrielle Foote Clark, as she awaits trial in Newburyport District Court on these prices and several other others.
The order got here within the type of a modification to the orders of launch imposed on Velleman after her arraignment in 2020 for allegedly harassing Georgetown police Chief Donald Cudmore.
Velleman, 50, of Elm Street was arraigned in Haverhill District Court in June 2020 on 4 counts of threatening, witness intimidation, stalking and making annoying cellphone calls.
She was launched with out bail however ordered not to publish on social media and never to name 911 aside from a reputable emergency.
While additionally going through legal prices, Velleman was served with a restraining order by Cudmore that orders her to don’t have any contact with him.
A visibly irritated Foote Clark claimed the messages rose to the extent of witness intimidation however stopped wanting submitting any new prices in opposition to Velleman.
The listening to turned animated sufficient that Martin instructed each Foote Clark and Velleman to calm down. Velleman’s newly appointed lawyer, Julie Ouellette, stated her shopper didn’t oppose the movement.
After granting Foote Clark’s movement, Martin then ordered Velleman to return to court docket Oct. 20.
Velleman was in court docket final month present process an examination by a court docket clinician. About the identical time, Velleman’s earlier lawyer stepped down.
Court paperwork present that the case was transferred to Newburyport District Court from a Haverhill courthouse in January to keep away from a attainable battle of curiosity.
Since Velleman’s arraignment, there have no less than two motions filed by Essex County prosecutors to revoke her launch for failing to meet court-appointed necessities. Both motions have been denied by a decide.
In April 2020, Cudmore alerted state police that for greater than 2½ years, Velleman allegedly had been harassing and making threatening statements not solely to him however to his spouse and household.
The alleged harassment started in response to Cudmore’s investigation of her claims that her ex-boyfriend, then-Georgetown police Detective Adam Raymond, was harassing and abusing her.
Raymond, a Newburyport resident, resigned from the division in 2017 amid claims he stalked and harassed Velleman.
In 2019, Newburyport City Marshal Mark Murray submitted a letter to the court docket stating that his division acquired data that Raymond confronted allegations related to these offenses.
In the present case, Cudmore said that Velleman, utilizing a number of totally different names, posted “hundreds” of social media hyperlinks on Facebook and three YouTube movies containing what he referred to as “inaccurate data, lies and fabricated materials regarding her disdain for me, my household and the Georgetown Police Department.”
“As mentioned, this case has been ongoing for nearly three years now and she or he has despatched me over 1,500 emails,” Cudmore wrote in his memo to state police. “The majority of those emails have been harassing in nature and directed in the direction of me. Additionally, a number of the emails have been threatening in the direction of my household and me.”
Among the social media posts have been claims that Cudmore “killed three squirrels” and posted them on the door of a selectman’s home and that your entire division was overlaying up what she referred to as the “chief’s legal acts as they’re criminals as nicely,” in accordance to Cudmore’s report to state police.
To cowl her tracks, Velleman used 9 e-mail domains and despatched so many emails to the division, a tactic Cudmore referred to as “e-mail bombing,” that it clogged the division’s e-mail server. On April 3, 2020, alone, she despatched 30 emails, in accordance to Cudmore’s report.
“As a results of the above, my household has endured Velleman’s stalking, intimidating habits, harassment and slander for nearly three years now. She has used social media and despatched e-mail messages to many different cops and public businesses to unfold lies, misinformation and false allegations in opposition to me, my household and the police division I command,” Cudmore wrote.
State police Sgt. Peter Sherber obtained a warrant for Velleman’s arrest on April 13, 2020, in accordance to court docket data.
Dave Rogers is a reporter with the Daily News of Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.