DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA — A Delray Beach police officer has been arrested on perjury and official misconduct, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office said today.
Officer Dave Melville Chin, 35, is facing one count of perjury and three counts of official misconduct after he allegedly lied about his relationship with a woman who acted as a confidential informant.
It is the second time this month that prosecutors have investigated charges involving a Delray Beach police officer.
On Aug. 2, the state attorney’s office declined to prosecute Officer Frank Umbriac on charges that he had sex with a woman while on duty. Umbriac is still the subject of the internal department investigation.
According to the state attorney’s office, Chin, a member of the department’s Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit, made false statements during the arrest and prosecution of 26-year-old Hobe Sound woman.
Delray officers arrested Natalie Jerue last September on charges of trafficking in oxycodone. According to a report related to Chin’s arrest, he made false statements about asking Jerue to go out on dates, made false statements that caused another officer to falsify a probable-cause affidavit related to her arrest, and lied about Jerue having provided information that led to a drug-related arrest.
He did so in order to prevent the exposure of his personal cell phone records that revealed a relationship between Chin and Jerue, the report said.
According to the report, Chin detained Jerue during a traffic stop in June of 2011, but did not arrest her at the time. Jerue was ultimately arrested on the oxycodone charge. Chin initially met her months earlier while she was having lunch with a person whom Chin recognized as a department informant, the report said. He expressed an interest in dating Jerue and and sent her several text messages asking her to go out on a date, the report said. Chin initially denied to investigators that he asked Jerue out, but later admitted to doing so. They never actually went out on a date, he said.
Chin told investigators that the confidential informant was with Jerue during the traffic stop, and that he retrieved a bottle of illegal pills from the car. He later provided contradicting statements for the probable-cause affidavit, omitting the fact the informant was present, the arrest report said.
In an effort to persuade prosecutors to dismiss Jerue’s case, he presented a memo stating that she provided information that led to several drug-related arrests within the city. Jerue’s roommate was arrested the day following the traffic stop and Chin credited her with providing information that led to the arrest, according to the report.
However, Jerue later denied that she provided the information. She told investigators that Chin contacted her days after the traffic stop and discussed her becoming a cooperating source. He told her that because of the discovery of pills in her car, she would be arrested if she refused to cooperate, the report said.
Jerue ultimate agreed to cooperate, but none of the information she provided led an arrest or the recovery of contraband as indicated in the memo that Chin provided to the state attorney’s Office, the report said.