White police officer accused of stalking, threatening ex-girlfriend

AKRON, Ohio -- An Akron police officer is accused of stalking and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Sgt. Eric J. Paull, 44, is charged with assault and menacing by stalking, both first-degree misdemeanors that carry maximum penalties of 180 days in jail. Paull is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Akron Municipal Court.

Paull's attorney, Brian Pierce, declined comment until after the hearing. Paull was arrested about 6 p.m. Thursday. An Akron city prosecutor requested that a judge order Paull be jailed until his Friday hearing.

Paull's 29-year-old ex-girlfriend reported to police that Paull threatened to kill her and made constant threats through text messages, phone calls and Facebook messages between Nov. 25 and Thursday, according to court records.

He also is accused of following the woman and threatening the woman's current boyfriend.

This marks the second time Paull has faced criminal charges within the past two years. He was arrested in January 2014 on drunken-driving charges and eventually pleaded no contest to a lesser offense of having physical control of a car while intoxicated.

In that case, Paull crashed his car while driving on Interstate 76 in Akron. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers tested Paull's blood-alcohol content at .093, slightly above the .08 legal limit.

Paull wasn't injured in the crash, court records say. He was sentenced to a Driver Intervention Program through Akron Municipal Court.

A program staff member wrote to a judge that Paull began drinking in September 2013 after his divorce but had curbed his drinking since his arrest.

Paull is an assistant lecturer at the University of Akron.

He's also the second Akron police officer charged in a criminal case within the past week. Rookie patrolman Adam Campbell, 28, was charged Monday in connection with a violent attack outside a Playhouse Square area hotel.

Campbell, who claimed he acted in self-defense, has been suspended without pay. Paull's current status with the Akron police department is not clear.

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2015/04/akron_police_officer_accused_o_1.html

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