PHILADELPHIA (May 6, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced the arrest of former Philadelphia Police Officer Jermias Olivo for intimidating a witness: his former sister-in-law. Olivo was charged with two counts of Unlawful Use of Computer and Other Computer Crimes, Intimidation of Witnesses or Victims, and Harassment.
“Officer Jermias Olivo used his position as a Philadelphia Police Officer to obtain information that he was not authorized to have, especially since it had nothing to do with official business – which is deplorable,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “Incidences of domestic violence are extremely high in the law enforcement community, and when it’s coupled with an individual that wants to use his police officer access for witness intimidation it becomes nothing short of criminal.”
Samuel Olivo, who is the brother of Jermias Olivo, was in court for violating the Final Protection From Abuse Order that was filed against him by his ex-wife. While waiting for the hearing to begin at the Criminal Justice Center (CJC), Samuel Olivo saw his ex-wife in the hallway. Samuel Olivo called his brother, Jermias Olivo who was a police officer at the time, and became threatening toward his former sister-in-law. Samuel called his ex-wife several curse words and said, “I know you ain’t got nothing to say.” At this point she called a sheriff and dialed 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Later, after changing her primary residence, the ex-wife updated her driver’s license and vehicle registration information through PennDot. Without official reason to do so, Jermias Olivo logged onto the Mobil Data Terminal (MDT) from his patrol car and made an inquiry using his former sister-in-law’s name and date of birth. Days later, Samuel Olivo’s ex-wife and one of his daughters saw Samuel Olivo in the parking lot of her apartment complex and his ex-wife found all four of her car’s tires slashed. On a separate occasion, Jermias Olivo, while still a police officer, asked fellow officers to log onto an MDT to run the license tag number of a vehicle that allegedly cut Olivo off. The searched plates were found to belong to a person who accompanied Jermias Olivo’s former sister-in-law to court at the CJC.
The Protection From Abuse Order is still valid against Samuel Olivo. Jermias Olivo (date of birth August 17, 1976) joined the Philadelphia Police Department on June 16, 2003 and was assigned to the 22nd Police District on January 8, 2010. He resigned from the police force on June 19, 2014.