NEWBURYPORT — An area woman charged with harassing Georgetown police Chief Donald Cudmore noticed her movement to dismiss the offenses denied by a decide Wednesday throughout a prolonged listening to in Newburyport District Court.
Michele Velleman, 50, of Elm Street, Georgetown, was arraigned in Haverhill District Court in June 2020 on 4 counts of threatening, witness intimidation, stalking and making annoying telephone calls. The case was transferred to Newburyport District Court to keep away from a battle of curiosity.
She was launched with out bail however ordered to not put up on social media and to not name 911 aside from a official emergency. At a later court docket date, she was ordered to not contact, instantly or not directly, Essex County prosecutor Gabrielle Foote Clark, after the prosecutor mentioned Velleman left 13 “aggressive, inappropriate and escalating” voice messages on Foote Clark’s workplace telephone earlier this fall.
While additionally dealing with prison charges, Velleman was served with a restraining order by Cudmore that orders her to haven’t any contact with him.
Since Velleman’s arraignment, there have been at the least two motions filed by Essex County prosecutors to revoke her launch for failing to satisfy court-appointed necessities. Both motions had 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 to him, 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. However, Raymond will not be dealing with any prison charges, a reality Velleman talked about in court docket on Wednesday.
In the present case, Cudmore said that Velleman, utilizing a number of totally different names, posted “1000’s” 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 had been claims that Cudmore “killed three squirrels” and posted them on the door of a selectman’s home and that your complete division was masking up what she referred to as the “chief’s prison acts as they’re criminals as properly,” in keeping with Cudmore’s report back to state police.
To cowl her tracks, Velleman used 9 electronic mail domains and despatched so many emails to the division, a tactic Cudmore referred to as “electronic mail bombing,” that it clogged the division’s electronic mail server. On April 3, 2020, alone, she despatched 30 emails, in keeping with Cudmore’s report.
During Wednesday’s listening to, Velleman spent about an hour making an attempt to show her movement just for Martin to repeatedly cease her to say she was arguing issues meant for trial. She claimed to not have despatched harassing emails or social media posts including that the one messages she despatched had been to report “crimes.”
“None of these issues occurred and there is not any proof to show it,” Velleman mentioned.
But Martin mentioned Foote Clark, who was standing a couple of ft away from Velleman, had “cleared the hurdle” in proving there was sufficient possible trigger for the matter to proceed to trial. He then denied the movement and scheduled a Jan. 12 listening to in the identical courthouse.