Cary police are confirming the authenticity of a 2010 police report leaked to the media that details allegations Wake County school board member Debra Goldman made against fellow board member Chris Malone.
In a written statement Tuesday, Police Chief Pat Bazemore said the narrative report provided to the News & Observer last week by an unknown source "does appear to be a copy of our police report." In the report, Goldman named Malone as a suspect in a 2010 burglary reported at her home and both board members gave conflicting statements about whether they had a romantic relationship.
Bazemore said she has launched an investigation "to determine how the media could have gained access to information that is not public record." Under state law, police are not obligated to release such narratives, which contain the notes of investigators, but are not prohibited from doing so.
Bazemore said the report received by The N&O was printed Oct. 28, 2011 by a Cary police detective in response to a request from Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby. Bazemore said the report was faxed to Wllloughby and the copy made by the detective has remained in her locked file cabinet since then.
"I remain confident that the officers, detectives, supervisors, and Records staff involved in the investigation of this matter have not released this report to anyone that does not have the authority to receive it," Bazemore said.
Willoughby, who is out of the office at a conference, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.