Palisade cop arrested for harassment

PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO) - A Palisade Police officer is facing harassment charges after being arrested by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Officer Stephen James Tonello has been placed on paid administrative leave while investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office look into claims made by his ex–girlfriend. The Palisade Police Department will also conduct an internal investigation to see if Tonello violated any policies.

According to an arrest affidavit, Tonello's ex says that last Friday the officer sent her harassing text messages and knocked on her apartment door in the middle of the night.

Palisade Police Chief Carroll Quarles says Tenello is a stellar officer and employee and until this allegation of harassment he has never had a complaint against him. Tenello has worked with the Palisade Police Department since April.

Tonello is out on bond and will be back in court on Friday. His arrest affadavit is below.

Tonello is the third officer in the Grand Valley to be arrested this year.

Courtney Crooks was arrested on Aug. 28 on harassment charges. He is scheduled for trial and has resigned from the Grand Junction Police Department.

On Oct. 1, Grand Junction Police Officer Glenn Coyne was arrested and fired after allegations of sexual assault. Days after being released from jail he took his own life.

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