Hoax Craigslist ad: woman Denver firefighter in lingerie pictures seeks married men with children

Police suspect firefighter's wife posted ad

DENVER - Police are investigating a computer hoax where someone posted lingerie photos of a female Denver firefighter in a Craigslist personals ad titled, "Denver Firefighter seeks Married (men)…Station 14."

"I am looking for a married man, preferably with children," said the ad, which was posted in the "casual encounters" and "women seeking men" sections of Craigslist, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by 7NEWS.

The ad hoaxer posed as the firefighter, using her nickname and stating, "I am a Denver Firefighter proudly serving at DFD Station 14."

"I have had a few relationships with married guys at the firehouse, but nothing has panned out," said the ad, which was posted in mid-August.

"I love children and I will love yours as I love you. However, I WILL want to meet your children within 6-7 months. If we go on any more than that and I cannot meet them, then I will take that as a sign of non-commitment on your part," the ad said.

"So, where is the married love of my life? You may respond or just come see me at Station 14 -- you should be able to recognize me by the pics ;)," the ad concluded.

The ad contained photos of the firefighter, two showing her in red lingerie with black fishnet stockings, one where she was lying on a leather couch and another where she's sitting in a leather chair.

Another photo shows the woman in her firefighter uniform, laughing as she works out with stretching bands in a big room with several men -- a male firefighter in uniform and three muscular men with their shirts off -- during what appears to be an exercise session at a fire station.

7NEWS received a tip about the ad in mid-August and called Denver Fire Department officials about it. The ad was soon removed, but it's unclear who had it pulled down.

According to the search warrant affidavit, the firefighter in the photos told Assistant Denver Fire Chief Russ Bray, who oversees fire investigations, that she didn't post the ad or authorize anyone else to post it. The woman said she suspected that another firefighter had either accessed her personal computer while she was at work or had obtained her passwords to tap into the computer from a remote location.

Bray asked the Denver police Internal Affairs Bureau to investigate the case.

The 41-year-old firefighter told a police investigator the photos of her were taken several years ago and were stored on her computer, the affidavit said. The firefighter said she had not authorized anyone to access her computer to obtain the photos or to access her Craigslist account to post them.

Yet, the woman said she did date a fellow firefighter more than a year ago and he might have accessed her computer information, the affidavit said.

In early September, police interviewed the 35-year-old male firefighter who'd dated the hoax victim and he denied any involvement in the ad posting.

But when police re-interviewed the man the next day, he said his wife had admitted posting the Craigslist ad, the affidavit said.

Police said they were unable to interview the man's 45-year-old wife, because her attorney said she did not wish to make a statement to police, the affidavit said.

Yet, the police investigator, using search warrants to obtain information from Craigslist and Internet service providers, tracked the Craigslist poster back to a CenturyLink account belonging to the wife.

7NEWS is not identifying the suspect, because she has not been arrested or charged.

Police, saying they suspect someone at the married firefighter's Denver home had committed a computer crime, executed a search warrant on Oct. 4. They seized several items, including a laptop, a cellphone, a flashdrive, a CenturyLink bill and a computer modem.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Lt. Phil Champagne said an internal investigation ruled out any firefighters at Station 14 were involved in the Craigslist hoax. Champagne told 7NEWS he was unaware the police investigation was focusing on the wife of a firefighter.

Champagne said the Craigslist hoax had created a brief distraction in the department.

At the request of the firefighter in the photos, she was transferred to another fire station because she no longer felt comfortable at Station 14, Champagne said.

The male firefighter who dated the hoax victim filed for divorce from his wife in August 2010. However, a court case summary said the divorce action was soon dismissed. The divorce record stated the couple has children.
 

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