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Weld County deputy resigns after being accused of stalking, harassing

The deputy was arrested April 14, days after he was served with a temporary protection order, according to Greeley Police.
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WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A Weld County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) deputy has resigned after he was arrested following an investigation into allegations of domestic violence, according to the Greeley Police Department (GPD).

Deputy John Maedel submitted his resignation Wednesday, according to the department. The sheriff's office was in the process of an internal investigation of Maedel when he resigned.

WCSO requested that GPD investigate after finding out about a protection order filed against Maedel, that prohibited him from contacting the victim, police said.

The investigation showed that starting in December, Maedel sent numerous text messages and called the victim. The behavior escalated to Maedel following the victim and making threatening comments, GPD said.

On Tuesday, the Weld District Attorney's Office filed formal charges against Maedel that included one count of felony stalking and two counts of misdemeanor harassment. 

Maedel was hired in October 2016, according to the sheriff's office. 

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Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.NoCoCrimeStoppers.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.

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