Police: Mother stalked daughter’s 13-year-old ex-boyfriend
When two Rundlett Middle School students broke up in November, the girl’s mother began sending text messages to her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, posing as another guy to make him jealous, the police said.
Tamie Cassidy, 39, sent more than 80 texts to the boy in eight days, according to the police, who won’t discuss what the woman allegedly wrote but said it was alarming enough to warrant a stalking charge.
“The content was concerning,” Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said. “It was beyond something you could shrug off or write off as a joke.”
O’Malley said the messages began Nov. 28, a few weeks after Cassidy’s 13-year-old daughter and her boyfriend, who is also 13, broke up. Cassidy, who is a pharmacy technician at Concord Hospital, pretended to be someone interested in dating her daughter, according to O’Malley.
The text messages allegedly were sent from her own cell phone.
The boy, concerned but at the time unaware that his ex-girlfriend’s mother was sending the messages, told an employee at the school, O’Malley said. That person reported the excessive texts to the police, who spoke with the boy Dec. 5.
“The police got involved that day, and given the information they got from the victim they contacted the alleged suspect,” O’Malley said.
With that, he said, the text messages stopped.
Following an investigation, which O’Malley declined to discuss, the police received a warrant Jan. 2. Cassidy was arrested that day at her home, according to O’Malley.
Cassidy, when reached Monday by phone, took down a Monitor reporter’s number and said she would call back. Cassidy did not call back or return a second request for comment made yesterday.
Cassidy allegedly told officers that another teen was sending the messages, resulting in another charge of making a false report to law enforcement.
Stalking, as a crime, requires that the victim fears for their safety. Without elaborating on the substance of the messages, O’Malley said the content as well as the frequency of the texts elevated Cassidy’s actions to a crime.
“(Cassidy) was posing as a person to make him jealous. But there is more to it. There was substance to (the texts),” he said. “And the nature of the texts were concerning enough to him that he was fearful, which is ultimately why he reported it to the school.”
O’Malley said Cassidy’s daughter was not aware that her mother was sending the messages.
The two charges are Class A misdemeanors, each carrying a possible sentence of one year in prison. Cassidy is scheduled for an arraignment Feb. 4 in Concord’s district court.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that Cassidy is employed there but declined to say whether she has been placed on a leave due to the charges.