GREELEY, CO. – A private investigator working a child custody case is going to be charged today with felony stalking after police connected the investigator to a GPS device underneath the vehicle of someone the investigator was tracking.
The case against the as-yet unidentified investigator was to be filed in Weld County District court today, according to Longmont lawyer Rebecca Pepin, who is in contact with the investigator.
The investigator was told by police that he was going to be charged with “felony harassment,” which would mean stalking under Colorado law.
The investigator was retained to assist a man in a child-custody battle. The husband asked the investigator to track the movements of the mother of his child or children. He told the investigator he suspected that the mother was using illegal drugs and working more than she was acknowledging.
The investigator did some court records research and determined that there were no restraining orders against his prospective client, and then took the case.
According to lawyer Pepin, the investigator placed a GPS device on a vehicle being used by the mother of his client’s child or children. The investigator then tailed the mother and reported her whereabouts to his client.
The client called the mother and told her he knew where she had been and who she had been with. She reported to police that she suspected she was being stalked. Police responded and found the GPS device on the vehicle she’d been driving.
Police then called the father of the child or children. He confirmed that he’d retained an investigator and he provided the name of the investigator. The father denied to police that he knew the investigator he’d retained had placed a GPS device on the vehicle the mother was using.
The case may hinge on whether the vehicle the mother was driving is owned by her, or the father of the child or children. If she owns the vehicle, the investigator had no legal right to place the device. If the vehicle was owned by the father , the father was within his rights to hire someone to track the mother and place a GPS device on the vehicle she was using.