GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A Greenville Police officer has been fired for allegedly misusing records to meet and stalk a woman.
Carlos E. Melgar, 58, a 4-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department, was terminated on Dec. 19, according to Greenville Police spokesperson Kristen Hunter.
Melgar was taken into custody on Nov. 26 for allegedly misusing police records and database information to identify and meet a woman. Melgar subsequently stalked that woman, causing her fear and emotional distress, investigators said.
Melgar was charged with one count of misdemeanor stalking, said police. He was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Before being fired, Melgar was placed on administrative leave without pay, and all his police powers were suspended, investigators said.
Police Chief Hassan Aden issued the following statement:
"The arrest of Officer Melgar reminds us all that no one is above the law and that the Greenville Police Department holds itself highly accountable to the laws and policies that govern society. This case was self-discovered and pursued by the Internal Affairs Division of the Greenville Police Department. Maintaining the public's trust that we are effective in self-policing is a top priority of my administration and sends a clear message that we are an ethical and legitimate police department that will not tolerate officer misconduct."
Melgar is the fifth Greenville police officer to be under investigation within a year. Det. Alvaro M. Elias was arrested on Oct. 8 and charged with one count of violating a domestic violence protective order. He has since been cleared and is back on duty.
Officer Eric Robinson was arrested in April and charged with assault for an alleged confrontation at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. He was later cleared and returned to work.
On Feb. 20, Officer Kyle M. Gaines was pulled over for allegedly driving with a BAC of .11. Gaines was off duty at the time, police said. He was charged with DWI.
Edmonds pleaded guilty in October to three counts of altering, stealing and/or destroying criminal evidence. She received a suspended sentence and will be under probation for three years. In addition, she must complete 120 hours of community service.