Mt. Pleasant officer terminated after being charged with harassment

Mt. Pleasant officer terminated after being charged with harassment

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant police officer has been fired following his arrest early Tuesday morning.

Officials with the Mount Pleasant Police Department say Officer Alex Gillespie was terminated as a result of an internal investigation.

Gillespie was arrested by the Charleston Police Department on charges of harassment. He was booked at the Charleston County Detention Center at 1:35 a.m.

An incident report states the victim contacted Charleston police Saturday afternoon in regards to feeling threatened by Gillespie following a series of harassing messages and phone calls.

The victim told police Gillespie called her four times on March 5 at 12:38 a.m. After answering the first call, she told Gillespie she did not want to talk to him anymore and hung up. The report states Gillespie began banging on her front door two minutes later, and then got in his car and honked the horn for a few minutes without stopping.

He then reportedly sent a series of text messages to the victim filled with derogatory language.

On March 17, the victim claims she was on a date when Gillespie showed up, sat across from them at a bar, and stared at her for the remainder of the date. While still at the bar, the report states the victim received texts messages from Gillespie, along with approximately 270 text messages from a friend of his.

The report states the victim called police on March 21 to report the harassment, as she feared for her safety.

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