Thursday, January 23, 2003

Detective faces stalking charge

Hamilton officer placed on leave

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - A police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while other officers investigate allegations that he was stalking an ex-girlfriend and "threatened violence," police and court records show.

Detective William R. Hensley, 33, was suspended from active duty last Thursday, the day Monica Bellissimo, 26, obtained a civil protection order against him from Butler County Common Pleas Court. On a petition for the order, Ms. Bellissimo identified Mr. Hensley as her "ex-boyfriend," and alleged that he had repeatedly come to her Hamilton home, made frequent phone calls to her place of employment in Middletown and "has threatened violence to himself, myself and my current boyfriend."

Michael Shanks, an attorney who represented Mr. Hensley when he previously faced departmental discipline, did not return a telephone call seeking comment Wednesday.

A full hearing on Ms. Bellissimo's allegations is set for Jan. 30.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hensley, of Liberty Township, is under court order barring him from contact with Ms. Bellissimo and from possessing any deadly weapons.

In addition, Police Chief Neil Ferdelman issued a written order for Mr. Hensley to surrender his badge and gun, and said, "you are prohibited from representing yourself as a police officer in any way" until further notice. The only exception: to testify under subpoena in court.

Capt. Joseph Murray said Mr. Hensley has been on the Hamilton force about eight years. Mr. Hensley is the second Hamilton officer to face disciplinary action for off-duty conduct in less than a year.


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