GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Montgomery County police officer charged with illegally using computers to help her drug-dealing fiance was released on home confinement Friday and will be tracked through electronic monitoring equipment.

Delores Culmer, 37, of Silver Spring, Md., was arrested Wednesday on a criminal complaint charging her with conspiracy to deliver cocaine and computer fraud. U.S. Magistrate William Connolly agreed to release her from custody as her case moves forward.

Culmer is accused of using law-enforcement databases to run registration checks on associates of her fiance, who authorities identified in the complaint as a convicted drug dealer. Prosecutors say she ran checks in November 2009 on cars belonging to the girlfriend of a man who owed her fiance a drug debt. That woman later reported that her cars had been vandalized and were later the targets of arson, according to the complaint.

Authorities believe Culmer provided the information to her fiance to force the customer to make good on his debt.

The database that authorities say Culmer used is called the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC. The system is managed by the FBI and is a database that collects information from local, state and federal agencies, but its use is limited to official purposes.

“There would be no legitimate reason that Ms. Culmer would be running the NCIC checks on these cars,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Su said in court Friday.

The affidavit filed with the complaint says Culmer was a Pittsburgh police officer before joining the Montgomery County police force. But a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh police force has said Culmer worked as an officer for the housing authority, but not for the city police.

Culmer wept as she entered the courtroom but did not speak during her brief hearing. Her defense lawyer, Andrew Szekely, declined to comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (14)
  1. sillyman michaels says:

    she cried..only because this person who became a police officer to serve
    and protect should be held in jail instead of home monoriting if it was a
    regular poor slob citizen he or she would have been incarirated instead of
    being monoriting …go figure different standards for different people
    just cause she’s a cop big deal no better than anyone else in society

    1. mudslide says:

      Just another fine example of the quality of some of the police officers in this state. Here’s a cop who has a drug dealer for a boy friend. Man, she is really a fine example of law enforcement personnel in this state. And unfortunately, it reflects badly on the majority of police officers who do their job every day and obey the law. This woman should be in jail. Not at home watching tv amd drinking beer and maybe having a little snort of some kind of illegal substance too. And does anyone really think she’ll be home bound Not on your life.

  2. Gretchen says:

    She should be LOCKED UP!!!!!!

  3. pigeon says:

    Gee whomever just edited my comment must be related to one of the 2 of them. There were no curse words used – only commenting on what was reported. Like I said, someone knows someone with deep pockets. And she IS as much a dealer as he is – she assisted him in his “livelihood”.

  4. whatnow says:

    Oh good, I’m glad she’ll be able to get high while she awaits trial. My word, has common sense totally flown the coop!

    1. ARNOLD says:

      I THINK SO…………..LOL

    2. pigeon says:

      Look on the bright side – our taxes aren’t yet paying for her “room and board. She still has to purchase her own food, pay her gas & elec. bill, her phone bill, and all of the rest of the normal expenses that are incurred being on the “outside”.

  5. Baltimorebob says:

    Did u expect any thing else you people are truly crybabys u all sit there and write all this stuff but in the end just rember u are the ones who elect these loser run our justic system and the city and the state so I truly think that she should be treated like everyone else

    1. whatnow says:

      I expect more, that’s why I voted for Ehrlich!

  6. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Baltimore Bob, Go back to school & learn to spell. A lot of these judges & magistrates are appointed & not elected so the citizens have no control other than who to elect as governor & that is fine with most people because O’Malley won in a landslide. Now we all have to pay for this persons double speak.

    1. mudslide says:

      Considering the choice we were given in the recent gubenatorial election, we didnt have much choice. For the benefit of all you Ehrlic supporters, I dont really recall that little Bobby was any great shakes while he was in office.

  7. PAUL E. MICELLI says:


  8. truthteller says:

    why does a gallon of milk cost more than a gallon of gas? do we have a shortage of cows? should we start drilling for milk?

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