Former police officer arrested for illegal recording of ex-girlfriend
POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 4:34pm
Baton Rouge, La — A former employee of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office was arrested today for illegally recording his ex-girlfriend.
David Pizzolato Jr., 41, was employed with the Sheriff’s Office for the past 16 years and was a Sergeant serving in the traffic division. He has also worked in uniform patrol.
According to reports, Pizzolato allegedly entered his ex-girlfriend’s home and hid a digital recording device on the headboard above her bed in early January of 2012.
He then allegedly entered the home on at least eight different occasions to listen to and test the device.
The victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office on February 17th to file a complaint, but did not want to press charges or for the accused to lose his job. The same day the accused informed his supervisor of the device.
The accused said he placed it there to monitor his ex-girlfriend’s treatment of their small child. He later admitted he had a key to the home and entered it on multiple occasions without the victim’s knowledge.
The Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation immediately after receiving the complaint and placed Pizzolato on administrative leave. Once the investigation was complete, he was terminated from the Sheriff’s Office prior to be booked into the prison.