PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (WESH) — A Palm Beach Gardens police officer is accused of aggravated stalking and cyberstalking a woman from Lake County.
Authorities say the victim was being harassed by officer Bryan Broehm and provided deputies with a “detailed 10-page affidavit.”
Broehm, a Palm Beach Gardens officer, is also a former employee of the Mount Dora Police Department, where the victim was coworkers with him.
The victim gave authorities a detailed timeline of events, screenshots of harassing text messages, and copies of emails.
While they were coworkers, the victim told authorities she was aware Broehm was “overly aggressive, jealous and physically confrontational while in uniform with coworkers.”
The affidavit says while Broehm was under an internal investigation he relocated to South Florida after resigning.
Officials say the pair began a relationship in June of 2021 after reconnecting at a celebration of life ceremony.
The victim says the relationship ended in July due to toxic behavior from Broehm.
The victim told authorities that she let Broehm access her home monitoring system because she suffers from several medical disabilities, adding that she told him to only use it in an event of an emergency.
The affidavit says Broehm would set off the alarm function of the device when the victim was busy and unable to respond to her texts or calls while they were in a relationship. According to the investigating detective, a number of photos of the victim’s home were found on Broehm’s iCloud.
The victim says when she found out that Broehm had been monitoring her and abusing the system, she removed him from her account.
According to the affidavit, Broehm tried to get into the system three times after he was revoked, each documented by the system as a fraudulent attempt.
The affidavit continues that after the pair broke up, he used multiple applications to mask his number in an attempt to contact the victim. Authorities say they found evidence of the attempts in Broehm’s iCloud.
Broehm is also accused of faking a username on Mercari to ask the victim for personal information while pretending to be a buyer.
The victim told authorities each time that Broehm would contact her, she would tell him that she did not want to speak with him, telling him that he was stalking her.
Broehm replied with a text message admitting to his behavior but tried to justify it by saying he was worried for her health. The report however says, “the actions of the suspect in no way appear to be concerned with the health or safety of the victim but rather having access to and the controlling of the victim.”
Broehm was arrested after being served a warrant from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department responded by saying Broehm has been played on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the case.