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. 

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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