Crime

Dueling exes, cops and hacked emails: Cops’ custody battle turns into criminal charge

Charging papers state that Shannon Boere gained access to the private email account of Lynn Kolp in 2014, and used the access to gain leverage in continuing arguments over child-custody issues.
Charging papers state that Shannon Boere gained access to the private email account of Lynn Kolp in 2014, and used the access to gain leverage in continuing arguments over child-custody issues. Thinkstock.com

It’s no surprise that broken marriages and battles over kids and visitation get ugly, but a snarl of allegations involving three local cops and their spouses has reached rare levels of toxicity, including a criminal charge.

“Computer trespassing” is the charge Pierce County prosecutors filed July 26 against Shannon Boere. It’s a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. She waived arraignment last week, and entered a plea of not guilty.

“The case is in its initial stages,” said attorney Michael Stewart, who is representing Boere. “We look forward to reviewing the evidence and working with the prosecutor to resolve the case.”

The case is in its initial stages. We look forward to reviewing the evidence and working with the prosecutor to resolve the case.

defense attorney Michael Stewart

The court case has barely begun. It’s the byproduct of an internal investigation by sheriff’s deputies that began in October 2016 with an allegation of email hacking using public resources.

The parties involved in the case are a pair of blended families. Boere is married to Deputy Scott Mock. Previously, Boere was married to Lakewood police Officer Grant Boere. The couple had two daughters.

Mock previously was married to Pierce County resident Lynn Kolp. The couple had two sons. The four children in the case range in age from 9 to 12. Kolp has remarried. Her spouse is Lakewood police Officer Joe Kolp.

Charging papers state that Boere gained access to the private email account of Lynn Kolp in 2014, and used the access to gain leverage in continuing arguments over child-custody issues.

In October 2016, the Kolps reported a possible email hack to sheriff’s detectives. Reportedly, Shannon Boere claimed she found Google searches for child pornography on one of the children’s phones, and demanded that her daughters had to be separated from their siblings. The Kolps denied accessing such material.

In October 2016, the Kolps reported a possible email hack to sheriff’s detectives. Reportedly, Shannon Boere said she found Google searches for child pornography on one of the children’s phones, and demanded that her daughters be separated from their siblings. The Kolps denied accessing such material.

The Kolps also reported that emails involving child-custody issues had been deleted from their private account without their knowledge, and they had received messages alerting them to unauthorized access from another computer.

“Lynn Kolp indicated there were several times when emails were deleted from her account and she didn’t know why,” charging papers state. “The deleted emails were all between the Kolps and their attorney regarding custody issues.”

A sheriff’s detective sought and obtained a search warrant that provided access to internet accounts linked to the compromised email account. The search revealed that Lynn Kolp’s email account had been accessed at least seven times between July and October 2016, from an address associated with the home of Shannon Boere and Scott Mock, charging papers state.

A sheriff’s detective sought and obtained a search warrant that provided access to internet accounts linked to the compromised email account. The search revealed that Lynn Kolp’s email account had been accessed at least seven times between July and October 2016, from an address associated with the home of Shannon Boere and Scott Mock, charging papers state.

The detective also interviewed a witness, a former relative of Shannon Boere’s, who reported that Shannon had confessed in 2015 to reading Kolp’s emails.

“(Shannon Boere) told the witness that she was reading Ms. Kolp’s emails,” charging papers state. “The witness stated that (Shannon Boere) was scrolling through (her) phone while she made the statement.”

The criminal investigation also focused on Scott Mock’s possible involvement in the alleged hacking and whether public resources had been used. Records obtained by The News Tribune indicate that no evidence has been found to show Deputy Mock accessed Kolp’s email. An internal investigation is ongoing, said sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

“When this issue was brought to our department’s attention we initiated a criminal investigation into possible wrongdoing, which was sent to the prosecutor’s office for review and charging decision,” Troyer said. “We currently have an internal investigation taking place to determine our employee’s level of involvement.”

While the criminal investigation continued earlier this year, fallout from the alleged email hacking spilled into civil court. Lynn Kolp sought a protection order against Shannon Boere, accusing her of stalking and making threats. Boere denied the allegations, and a judge rejected the petition in April, citing lack of evidence.

Stewart, the defense attorney representing Shannon Boere, called her “a kind and polite person,” and suggested that the case against her is circumstantial and indirect. The next stage of the case, a pretrial hearing, is set for Sept. 7.

“We look forward to reviewing the evidence,” Stewart said.

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