Norfolk police detective allegedly stalked woman

NORFOLK – A police detective here was placed on administrative leave following his arrest Wednesday afternoon.

Francis Bodner, 50, is charged with stalking, possession of stolen property and computer trespassing. He has worked for the department since 2005, police officials said.

On Tuesday, police said “a woman who is known to Bordner,” told detectives Bodner “stole her property and that he was stalking her.”

Bodner was released on a $1,000 bond. He has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the criminal trial and administrative investigation, officials said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.