Suspended Schenectady detective accused of sending unwanted messages, Glenville documents say


GLENVILLE – A suspended Schenectady detective is accused of sending unwanted messages to two people in Glenville, including one where he allegedly said he didn’t care about his job and that his employer “wouldn’t do anything,” according to documents filed in court against him there.

Schenectady police Detective Brandon Kietlinski turned himself in Sunday to face two counts of second-degree harassment, violation level offenses, Schenectady police announced Monday.

He was placed on administrative leave as a result.

The city police release Monday did not detail the allegations against Kietlinski, other than to identify the charges.

However, the charging documents in the case available Tuesday describe the allegations as relating to two individuals – one of whom was a prior romantic interest, and the other is that person’s new romantic interest –  and focuses on unwanted messages to them sent the morning of Feb. 26.

After he was told to cease contact, Kietlinski is accused of sending a message to one of the individuals saying he wanted to “run away together.”

“I know I shouldn’t be texting you but I can’t stop thinking about you,” the alleged message read in part, according to the charging document. “I don’t care about my job. They won’t do anything.”

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To the other person, Kietlinski is accused of sending a text message that read in part “I know you called my job,” and concluded “You’re done,” the charging document read.

Kietlinski is due to appear in court next week. No attorney was listed for him Tuesday.

Kietlinski has been with the city department since 2009, records show.

City police were notified of the allegations against Kietlinski Saturday, city police said Monday.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford said “Allegations of harassment made by the public against members of the Schenectady Police Department are taken seriously.”

The city department’s Office of Professional standards will investigate and, while that investigation takes place, Kietlinski will be on administrative leave, Clifford said.

“It is my expectation that all members of the Schenectady Police Department will conduct themselves as consummate professionals while on duty, and off duty,” Clifford’s statement continued. “The Schenectady Police Department will cooperate fully with the Glenville Police Department and the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office on behalf of the complainants and their desire to seek protection and justice.”

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