Hartford police arrest ex-officer recently deemed unfit for duty; Zachary Freeto charged with felony computer crime

 

Hartford police arrest ex-officer recently deemed unfit for duty; Zachary Freeto charged with felony computer crime

An ex-Hartford police officer recently found unfit for duty and removed from the force was arrested Monday on a felony computer crime charge, the Hartford Police Department announced Tuesday night.

Zachary Freeto, whose employment with Hartford ended March 19, was charged by his former department with a first-degree computer crime following an internal investigation into an off-duty incident in Enfield, according to news release Tuesday evening.

Freeto, who served 19 years with Hartford police, had been on paid administrative leave since December 2020 “after several instances of misconduct and behavior that [Police Chief Jason Thody] felt questioned whether Freeto was able to properly and safely perform his duties,” the release stated.

Thody also ordered a fitness-for-duty evaluation, which deemed him unfit.

The department launched separate administrative and criminal investigations into whether Freeto wrongfully accessed computer information on multiple occasions, the release said.

The department has not responded to a Hartford Courant request filed Tuesday morning for the investigative file and the officer’s prior disciplinary history.

The Hartford police released no further details about Freeto’s incidents of misconduct or the off-duty incident in Enfield, nor did the department explain when its investigation began or when it brought the potential violations to the state.

Once presented with the allegations, the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection suspended Freeto’s access to two professional information networks, the Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing System and the National Crime Information Center.

Hartford’s Major Crimes Division served a warrant on Freeto on Monday at the department’s headquarters.

Rebecca Lurye can be reached at rlurye@courant.com.

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Published at Tue, 30 Mar 2021 17:27:24 +0000

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