Man Accused Of Impersonating Officer, Terrorizing Ex-Girlfriend


UPDATED: Friday December 7, 2012 8:29 AM

A man was jailed for allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer and terrorizing his ex-girlfriend.

Gregory Denney said nothing Thursday when he appeared in court. The judge had plenty to say, ordering him to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.

"This is a total stay away," the judge said. "This is no telephone calls. No driving by her house. No discussing her on Facebook."

Denney, 26, was arrested after investigators said they found evidence that he repeatedly stalked and threatened the woman.

According to a Gahanna police report, Denney told his victim he was a West Virginia State Highway patrol officer. He is accused of telling the victim he "was involved in a crash and needed to recuperate," the report said.

Denney ended up moving into the woman's home. When she decided to end the relationship, the report said, "Denney allegedly threatened to beat her up, have his cousins beat her up, kill her and slit her throat."

The man was also accused of hacking into the victim's email and Facebook accounts and changing the passwords so she could not access them. Denney also allegedly opened a cell phone account in the woman's name.

It was not clear if Denney used his fake identity as a state patrolman to gain access.

Gahanna police said that Denney has a lengthy history of identity theft. WBNS-10TV confirmed with the West Virginia state police that Denney was never an employee.

Denney was scheduled to return to court on Dec. 8.

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