Charges: Trooper hacked ex’s devices, told her ‘You are going to pay’
Prosecutors say the Alaska state trooper accused of illegal computer use this week had been stalking his ex-girlfriend and intimidating her new partner, in part through information illicitly obtained from her Apple Watch.
Michael Alexander, 28, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of illegal computer use, a day after he was taken into custody. Troopers said Wednesday that Alexander, a five-year veteran of the force, had served in Fairbanks and Anchor Point but has been serving in the Alaska National Guard for the past year.
During a brief appearance in Anchorage Jail Court, Alexander answered simple yes-or-no questions in a calm voice.
A charging document against Alexander said he had been in the relationship from late 2017 through early 2018, after which it had been “on again and off again.”
Investigators learned that Alexander had removed the woman’s watch while she was sleeping, then entered its password – which she had never given him – to unlock it.
“Alexander then accessed [the victim’s] text messages about [her] relationship with another person, and then took photos of the messages,” prosecutors wrote. “Alexander then sent the text messages to [the new partner] in an attempt to thwart the relationship between [them].”
Alexander sent her new partner “text messages and a photo” from inside her home on Jan. 4. After that, she told Alexander “not to contact her or any of her friends or family.”
When troopers asked Alexander about the case, prosecutors said, he admitted that he took off her watch to “break” into it.
“Alexander denied to troopers that he accessed [the victim’s] cellular phone, but in a recorded conversation with [her], Alexander admitted to accessing her phone too.”
During one recorded conversation between Alexander and the victim, prosecutors said, he told her that “it would make me feel better if you got to look over your shoulder for the rest of your life.”
“[Alexander said] ‘When you get done hurting people the way you hurt me and sucking the life out of them, you don’t just get to walk away,’” prosecutors wrote. “Alexander went on, ‘You are going to pay for what you did to me, and I feel like you are getting to, by telling everybody what you have done to me.’”
The victim told troopers that she was afraid Alexander would continue to contact her, because “he has not gotten over the relationship.”
Ken Kulovany contributed information to this story.
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