LOWELL -- A 2013 Lowell Police Academy graduate who was still on probation resigned last week, just days after an investigation determined he violated numerous policies in an effort to contact a woman he met responding to a call.
Police Superintendent William Taylor and Solicitor Christine O'Connor both declined comment, but The Sun has determined that Augustine Manyo-Washington is no longer employed as a Lowell police officer.
Manyo-Washington was among 59 graduates of the Lowell Police Academy last Nov. 15.
In late January, Manyo-Washington, and another police officer, Joseph Comtois, responded to an unidentified Lowell bar to investigate alleged drug activity.
"Officer Manyo-Washington ran the plates 'trying to find out who she was,'" states the 5-page report, completed by the Professional Standards Division and dated April 7. "Which he did."
Manyo-Washington accessed the license plate data base on several dates in February, including on one of his days off. Police Department policy states that only "authorized persons in the performance of their official duties may access, use or disseminate this information for official and lawful criminal justice purposes.
Then, on March 4, Manyo-Washington left his route without permission and drove to the bar to see if the woman was working.
Upon finding she was not, Manyo-Washington left the woman a note informing her there was an issue with her driver's license.
"Officer Manyo-Washington informed her he could take care of the issue for her and that she could repay him by buying him dinner," the report states. There are no issues with the woman's license.
Then, on March 17, the woman came to the main desk of the police station and spoke to Sgt. John Cullen concerning Manyo-Washington behavior.
Later that same day, Cullen and other police personnel met with Manyo-Washington. "Officer Manyo-Washington admitted that he had run license plate and contacted her on the pretext of taking care of a license problem for her," states the IR report, written by Lt. Paul R. Laferriere, officer-in-charge of the Professional Standards Division.
Besides using the computer data base and leaving his route without permission, the police department charged Manyo-Washington with conduct unbecoming an officer; not being truthful; using his "official position" for "personal gain;" and soliciting a gift, in this case, dinner.
Manyo-Washington did not respond to messages left on his cell phone.
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