A police officer who was arrest last month for stalking a woman has now been fired.
Officer Carlos Melgar was charged November 26th after police say he misused police records and database information in order to ID and meet a woman. They say he then stalked that woman, "causing her fear and emotional distress".
The department says Melgar, who had been an officer for the past four years, was fired on December 19th. The dismissal was just announced Friday morning.
Melgar has a February 7th court date on the misdemeanor charge.
A Greenville police officer has been put on administrative leave without pay after his arrest Tuesday afternoon.
Officer Carlos Melgar is charged with one count of misdemeanor stalking.
Police say the 58-year-old officer misused police records and database information in order to ID and meet a woman. They say he then stalked that woman, "causing her fear and emotional distress".
Melgar, who has been on the police force for the past four years, was arrested this afternoon at the Pitt County Magistrate's Office and given a $5,000 unsecured bond.
"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," said Chief Hassan Aden in a statement. "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 fourth Greenville police officer to face criminal charges since Chief Aden took over the department one year ago.