FL Cop Once Named “Officer of the Year” Arrested on Extortion Charges
A South Florida cop was arrested on extortion charges Tuesday, accused of threatening to spread nude photos of his ex-girlfriend unless she quit her job.
His ex-girlfriend, who had recently moved out of his home, also happened to be a fellow cop, which may explain why he didn’t receive the usual protection of the thin blue line.
Davie police officer James Krey was jailed on two counts of extortion, held on a bond of $75,000.
Like many officers who end up arrested, Krey was named “Officer of the Year” for his work on DUI cases, described by his captain at the time as “working hard to take these dangerous people off the road.”
James Joseph Krey, 37, who joined the department in 2004 and worked as a road patrol officer, was arrested while on duty Tuesday. He is in a Broward jail awaiting his first appearance court hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Krey is accused of threatening his former girlfriend, who is also a Davie Police officer, during conversation and in texts, according to a police official and an arrest warrant.
The threats were sent Monday and Tuesday morning, and that day the victim informed Davie P.D.’s internal affairs investigators. The agency contacted Coral Springs Police because the victim resides in that city, Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McHugh said.
He said the officers dated for approximately 18 months and broke up about two weeks ago.
“On Monday night, she received a text message while working an off-duty detail to meet at his house,” McHugh said. “When she refused, he threatened her with the text that he’d tarnish her reputation by sending personal photos to colleagues.”
Tuesday morning, “more text messages were sent that said if she didn’t leave her position with Davie P.D., he’d send the personal photos,” McHugh said.
Krey was arrested Tuesday night at the Davie police station and refused an interview, McHugh said. “Davie Police have cooperated fully with our investigation,” he said.
Krey was named Davie’s Officer of the Year for his work in 2011, when he handled 539 DUI calls and made 127 DUI arrests. He was a backup officer for 358 more DUI calls that year.
Krey, who makes about $85,000-a-year, is on paid administrative leave. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on both counts.
In 2011, he was investigated for allegations of falsifying records, according to a public records request made by the news site, Florida Bulldog, which listed pages of several other Broward law enforcement officers under some type of investigation or another, but it’s not clear what resulted in that investigation.