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Bunnell Has Not Yet Been Disciplined For Unlawfully Accessing Database

Mayor says he's been waiting for State Police officials to respond to questions, concerns.

 

It has been almost a discipline he’d mete out to Lt. Leonard Bunnell for having improperly accessed a state criminal database on nearly 40 occasions.

But he has not as of yet handed down any punishment, he said, because the state police have dropped the ball; McDaniel said he’s been “waiting and waiting and has heard nothing.”

What he’s waiting for, he said, is word on whether or not having Bunnell around will jeopardize the town’s plan for a regional dispatch.

“They have not gotten back to me,” McDaniel said.

Several calls to Connecticut State Police for clarification were met with essentially the same response: the agency has given McDaniel all the information he needs and how he chooses to punish Bunnell is up to him.

One top state police official told Montville Patch, “It’s on the mayor.”

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During and following the investigation state police prohibited him from working around or accessing  -- or even asking about --- data from the system.

But Bunnell has since been back on the job working inside the police department, albeit, McDaniel said, McDaniel said Bunnell was only handling administrative tasks including scheduling.

But Patch learned that Bunnell has been doing routine police patrol-type duty; he’s stopped cars and issued tickets. McDaniel said that was okay because Bunnell wouldn’t need to access the criminal database nor would he need any data from the database to do car stops.  On that point, there may be disagreement, but there is no disagreement on this: Bunnell has assumed his duties and responsibilities and despite a statement to

 

Patch sent a late afternoon email Wednesday for clarification and comment to CSP spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. We have since learned that Vance is on sick leave. The same questions posed to Vance have been sent to his office for comment. 

Howard August 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM
First, I do not understand why Bunnelll has not been arrested and formally charged with the crimes that the state police have substantiated. Second, I do not understand what the relationship is between Bunnell and the proposed regional dispatch center. It seems to me that the center would have to be essentially a separate entity, as it would involve more than one town. Bunnell would not (or least should not) be in charge of it. Third, I do not understand why Bunnell is still employed by the town. It should be obvious by his actions and statements that he is no longer ethically, socially, or morally acceptable for the position. Fourth, it seems to me that for reasons unknown, a “good old boy” system is functioning in Montville. I do not know why the mayor is protecting Bunnell, among others, but the mayor is obviously deploying delaying tactics. Maybe he hopes the issues will fade into obscurity with time. I suspect that given sufficient time with no action on the part of the citizens of the town, who seem to have all the initiative of a herd of sheep, the state will have to step in when the level of corruption becomes an embarrassment to the state. Another possible outcome would be action by federal authorities when the almost certain to happen violation of federal law occurs.
J. Lincoln August 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Howard, the Mayor has the backbone of a squid and yes there is little or no reason to hide behind the idea that Bunnell would have anything to do with the establishment of a regional dispatch center. I am sure that the center would be under the authority of a commission set up by all the towns participating. Why doesn't Ronald " McD" be specific?
Kim G. August 30, 2012 at 01:09 PM
First of all it's clear the mayor has no clue what to do or how to handle personnel issues. As far as the regional dispatch patch covered this previously. The state police may not allow montville acsess to the national database system is Lenny is employees by the town therefor montville could not become a regional dispatch as it could not function properly
REVMAN August 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
He should have his day in court,but if he is doing traffic stops he is still using a data base or else where is he getting the drivers info ?(outstanding warrents,Lic info,reg info,Insurance info,etc.)
Theresa August 30, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I can't help but to get mad when I read this. The mayor fired a wpca employee for not helping a coworker but has done nothing to Bunnell who is found guilty. Makes me wonder how many millions we will pay out for the wpca lawsuit sounds like a easy win to me
Sarah Mae Wegins August 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
It is my opinion only that what the Mayor has done in the McNally case is the reason for all the stalling. Theresa you could be right. An employee fired under false claims and being Chairman of the opposing party reeks of civil rights violations and corruption. Why else would he try to dump this on the State Police, it's his responsibility?
Kelly Krupanski August 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Sarah, your right even if McNally was guilty it did not warrant ruining someone's lively hood by terminating him. Yet Bunnell has been found guilty and the mayor don't know what to do. Something is not right here. Let's not forget Bunnell sexually harassed a subordinate. I think the state police should investigate the mayor.
Mike Hartling August 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It's pretty clear the mayor is covering for his boy. The real question is what other corrupt acts is the mayor involved in? This is what happens when you elect someone who is not able to handle the power given him.
lee August 30, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Howard, your right, Montville has had the good old boy system for as long as I can remember. So I'm guessing that they all have something on one another, so if one goes, they all stand the chance of going. Just my opinion.
J. Arrington August 30, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Howard, you make some valid points, but there is something that you are missing. Why hasn't the Mayor released the document he received from the State Police about to the media? Is it possible that either Mayor McDaniel or ex-Mayor Jaskewiscz requested to have people running for office last November investigated? As far as I know, no one in the media has gotten this document through FOIA. It then leads one to believe that there is something so private or illegal in that report, that McDaniel is shoving it under the carpet.
Liz August 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Let's think about that "the state police may not allow Montville access to the National database." The State -Montville-National. It has nothing to do with it.Any regional center is no issue. The "State" hasn't denied "Montville" access during or after the investigation and findings of violations( i.e. crimes) committed by Bunnell. The State police cannot advise or impose discipline on a Town CONSTABLE, because they are under jurisdiction of the MAYOR as the defacto CHIEF OF POLICE. Cowards
me August 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM
You guys watch too much CSI.
Howard August 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM
J - That is all part of the "good old boy" thing which is far too complex and convoluted for me to comprehend.
Howard August 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I want to explain why I think Bunnell should be arrested. However, Patch does not allow enough characters to cite Connecticut Statute Section 53a-251, which defines six different computer crimes. Look at the Patch article of May 1st (http://montville-ct.patch.com/articles/major-crimes-investigates-lt-bunnell) I believe Bunnell violated 53a-251(b)(1) and 53a-251(e)(1) by accessing COLLECT data without identifying the investigating officer and not providing a case number and then providing the resulting data to persons not entitled to receive it. At the end of the May 1st article, there are examples of similar crimes. I think the third example shows the appropriate discipline for Bunnell. I still do not understand why there has not been an arrest nor why town disciplinary action has not been taken.
MTV Citizen August 31, 2012 at 02:19 AM
The State Police don't want to arrest him because he's not their employee, the mayor certainly doesn't want him arrested. The 38 victims of Bunnell's crime don't know they are victims cause the State Police won't release the IA report. Bunnell has good ole' boy buddies at State Police headquarters, the Montville barracks, Eastern Major Crime, Norwich Court, and the Mayor's office, so he's above the law. The only hope for our town is the Feds, cause the premiere law enforcement agency (State Police) is turning a blind eye to crime, not 1 crime... 38 crimes! Don't give me that crap that it was "for a good reason" real cops from other Police Departments follow the law and do it the right way. Bunnell chose not to cause he believes he can do whatever he wants and has for years.
jane August 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM
I do believe he should be removed. That said, if all he's doing is patrol work, then why are we still paying him a Lt. salary. Afraid to fire him - then at least demote him. The crime justifies this.
Donna Jacobson August 31, 2012 at 01:59 PM
There appears to be a dichotomous situation between how the Mayor is handling Lt. Bunnell's case and Mr. McNally's case. Something does not seem right. Therefore, it becomes imperative that the Mayor explain his position to the public. Hiding behind the State Police "not getting back to him" is inexcusable.
CJ August 31, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Well said Donna. Something does not appear right with the two cases. I for one would live to know the mayors ratinal behind his line of action or in bunnelks case inaction.
J. Lincoln September 04, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I sit at my desk @740AM on Tuesday morning Sept. 3rd. and no resolve to Bunnell's admitted rule braking episode. The Mayor says the State Police are not getting back to him about the establishment of a regional dispatch center and how keeping Bunnell on the job will effect the project. The truth is the chairman of the WPCA, the Director of the WPCA and the Mayor of Montville concocted a very carefully planned fabrication to fire McNally. Along comes Bunnell and violates the rules and statutes which on the surface appears to be much more serious than McNally's so called infractions and consequently Mayor McDaniel has a conundrum. By keeping Bunnell with a slap on the hands gives McNally's legal team a big fat gift. Keep up the good work Ronnie.

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