By Brian Maass

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– An Aurora woman who witnessed a crime last Friday and gave officers her personal information for use in the investigation, says one of the officers turned around and used the information to contact her for a possible date.

Rachel Jones (credit: Rachel Jones)

“I was shocked and pretty livid,” said Rachel Jones, 27.

She had witnessed a case of vandalism last Friday at her apartment complex. When two officers came to her door, she provided her personal information including her phone number.

The next afternoon, she received this text message: “Hi there, this is the Officer from yesterday you spoke to(handsome one with the beard). You seemed really cool and very attractive. I was wondering if you were single? I apologize if this seems inappropriate and will promptly go away if that’s what you’d like.”

Jones immediately blocked the number and filed a complaint with the Aurora Police Department.

(credit: Rachel Jones)

“I felt like my privacy had been invaded. I just knew immediately that this was incredibly wrong, and there was no doubt in my mind that this was not normal and not supposed to be happening,” Jones told CBS4.

Aurora police say they are looking into what happened. Department spokesperson Matthew Wells-Longshore said, “We are currently investigating this allegation. The investigation will determine if it was indeed one of our officers who sent this message and if any policies were violated.”

However Wells-Longshore himself texted Jones and apologized for the officer’s actions.

“She provided details that it is most likely one of our officers, which is the reason I apologized,” wrote Wells-Longshore.

CBS4 tracked the cellphone that sent the text to Jones. It lists to an Aurora police officer who joined the force in 2017 and is currently on patrol. However the officer did not respond to a phone call or electronic messages from CBS4 seeking comment on what occurred.

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“It’s wrong,” said Jones. “Straight up against the code of conduct, if not illegal, to use personal information like that to contact women. It’s just completely wrong.”

Jones said she hopes the officer is disciplined appropriately but doesn’t hold out much hope that will occur.

“I don’t expect anything to actually happen. But I hope that this shows people that these kinds of things are kind of normal, that they happen to women and I just hope a lot of other men and women recognize that it’s not okay.”

Brian Maass

Comments (8)
  1. Jay says:

    talk about using a shotgun to kill the fly, just text him back and say thank you but no. She is going to be a very lonely woman with lots of cats.

  2. Bob says:

    She’s 27 and will soon have zero SMV. Yet instead of responding like a human being she acts like a tyrant. Sooo offended that anyone would pay her a compliment of be interested in her. Hr only relief from her misery is the outrage machine. In another 5 years she will be desprate, but will find out her day in the sun has passed.

  3. WS Boyle says:

    It is the new APD dating service.

  4. TomTancredoFan says:

    A rather clumsy, ham fisted attempt to connect romantically. Actually, romance is long dead. Hook-ups are what these crazy kids call it today (the least vulgar of the terms I’ve heard). Long ago, before the internet and texting, many married cops would tell of how they met their future wife at a traffic stop or other official business. The “cup of coffee” date was popular back then. This cops use of a text through personal info is just creepy and unprofessional, though. Hopefully he learned a lesson and won’t do it again.
    Hey, at least he’s not Ray Liotta in Unlawful Entry.

  5. Aaron Clarey says:

    Wrong, yes. Something to get “livid” over. No. The sergeant should have a stern talking to the cop. And next time you young cops see a cute girl you might like, even if it might lead to matrimonial bliss, it’s the woman’s job to ask you out. You just stick to “just the facts ma’am, just the facts.”

  6. Mary says:

    Sorry roberta – but since this was information gathered during an investigation of a crime, IT WAS WRONG.

    If he’d met her at a public place and hit on her (even if he was working as a security guard or bouncer and in uniform), I’d probably agree with you – but this is flat out WRONG.

    Just curious: suppose (now that this story is out) someone saw something that involved YOUR vehicle or home and opted NOT to call in because of this officer’s actions. Would you STILL think it was his RIGHT to do this?

  7. roberta says:

    Seriously? A police officer can’t even hit on you? What is wrong with that? I don’t understand. How are humans supposed to interact? Like robots? This is insane to ridicule this man who just asked her out. That’s what she calls harassing or an invasion of privacy, she’s a joke.

    1. JohnPaul says:

      Her information was obtained as part of an investigation and should have been confidential and not used for his personal use.

      I will admit she is very attractive but……

      It was inappropriate and he should have know better.

      Why are we seeing so much stupid in the Aurora PD?

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