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October 22, 2010

Details of police officer's firing investigation released

GROVELAND — During an eight-hour Police Department shift, Aaron Yeo spent three hours on a computer doing community college homework, surfing the Internet for women, and printing an application for the Manchester, N.H., Police Department.

That is according to spy software installed by police officials to monitor Yeo's activities as a police officer before he was fired for misusing the department's computer and sleeping in his cruiser.

On other shifts in March 2009, the former patrolman spent hours on the computer searching for homes and women, watching bodybuilding videos, and looking up information about dieting, human growth hormones and employment opportunities at the FBI, according to a police report detailing the probe into Yeo's habits at work.

Those are among the examples of what the department's investigation of Yeo, 28, found before Groveland fired him last year, according to internal police reports.

Investigation documents and computer images obtained by The Eagle-Tribune under the Freedom of Information Act show dozens of instances in which the town found Yeo involved in inappropriate behavior.

The software monitoring Yeo's habits on the police computer showed him watching music videos and visiting "Family Guy" and "Biggest Loser" websites, according to police reports. He conducted several searches on MySpace for women of specific ages who live near Groveland, the reports said.

With Yeo facing an Oct. 29 deadline to appeal his firing to court, the newspaper has posted the investigation material on its website. The material includes an audiotape of police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen confronting Yeo about what they found during the course of their investigation. The tape was edited by the newspaper to eliminate pauses in the interrogation and other parts of the conversation not germane to the questioning. The material on the The Eagle-Tribune website also includes images of some of the websites he viewed on the police station computer.

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