Town Attorney Releases Report on Bunnell

A redacted report was given to The Day. A Freedom of Information Act request for the report, filed by Patch in June, was never answered.


According to a story published by The Day, attorneys for the town have released a copy of the state police investigation report that concluded that Lt. Leonard Bunnell improperly accessed the state computer database. The report shows, according to The Day, that Bunnell performed background checks on residents including a sex offender, volunteer coaches and a suspicious man. 

but the report furnished to the newspaper -- one requested by Montville Patch several months ago -- shows that in addition to a check for a parks counselor, Bunnell also performed checks on a suspicious man, someone seeking a loan and an individual looking to be a foster parent.

Bunnell was handed a two-week suspension by Montville Mayor Ronald McDaniel this week. McDaniel refused to comment further and Bunnell has not responded to repeated calls for comment. 

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said this week that any criminal charges against Bunnell would be decided by the state's attorney.

The charges connected with the state police major crimes probe into the alleged 38 instances he improperly accessed a state law enforcement background check database between October of 2011 and January of 2012. 

Troop E commanding officer Lt. Samuel R. Izzarelli lodged the complaint against Bunnell after getting a report by a system auditor. The Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing (COLLECT) System lets users find information that the state has about people, and find motor vehicle and criminal history data on the national and international level.

The auditor said Montville Police Officer Robin Salvatore informed her of the system “misuse.”  

Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Commanding Officer Lt. John S. Eckersley completed his investigation in June and a report was given to the town. 

In late April, Bunnell was notified that he was under investigation and advised to speak to no one on the matter save for his attorney and union rep. 

Bunnell documented a criminal history request by a town employee even though he was allegedly warned against giving "criminal history information for Town Hall and City Hall requests during his recent re-certification class in August,” according to the statement.  

Jennifer K. October 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
What a mess. Lets hope the state police can do something with Bunnell. He's dirty and not liked by any of his officers. Also the last resident trooper left because of all the politics and back door deals in montville
Annette October 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I agree with you Jennifer K. Been to long in the making for this guy! Should of put a stop to this crap years and years ago!!! You made your bed, now lay in it!!!
carrie October 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Honestly who actually believes those are the people he looked up??? I sure don't, the towns attorney works for the mayor and we know how the mayor works. ( the good ol boy system )
ltm October 07, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Considering how your legislators and law enforcement behave; it is very scary to think that they have the law to hide behind. This I know without doubt. Our liberty is threatened by small and big government. I put you on notice to consider any laws your city, county, state or federal government and think how those laws may effect you, not to mentions the cloak and dagger BS that goes on behind the scenes to strip you or your civil liberties. Just thinking out-loud.
Jill J. October 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
So they list about 10 people he looked up what about the. Other 28???
Wanda Bruce October 08, 2012 at 11:36 AM
hearsay has it that searching the data bank is common practice amongst towns. Wondering???????????
Matthew Lariviere October 09, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Time to separate the police department from the control of the mayor's office and State Police. Lets give those in the Montville police uniform a real Police Chief that they desire.


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