A criminal investigation is underway at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. State police suspect the academy's training coordinator used a work computer to access child porn and then took his own life after becoming the target of a criminal investigation.
The investigation of a police academy trainer took a turn for the worse Saturday.
State police say 44-year old Dave McMullen of Cornwall committed suicide behind a maintenance shed at the academy, one day after police seized his home computer as part of a criminal investigation.
"All indicators reveal this was a self-inflicted would. An intentional act by Mr. McMullen. There is no indication anyone else was involved," said Major Ed Ledo of the Vermont State Police.
Police believe McMullen used a computer at the academy to view child pornography, something that came to light during an unrelated personnel investigation. While child porn wasn't actually found on the computer, emails suggested it had been accessed.
"As a result of those titles being found in Mr. McMullen's e-mails, is indicated that there was potential. We knew it was pulled in from an outside source based upon further examination of that one computer," said Ledo.
Police are examining McMullen's home computer in addition to four taken from the academy.
At this time, police don't believe any others at the academy were involved in the incident.
McMullen was the training coordinator for homeland security and counter-terrorism at the academy. Prior to that -- he worked for 16 years at the state department of corrections and as a part-time police officer in Vergennes.
Police aren't releasing any details surrounding the personnel investigation.
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