A judge has ordered a Fort Collins police officer fired Sept. 16 and charged with stalking a woman to be monitored by a GPS device.

Jarett Edgar Branson, 29, appeared before Judge Julie Field in 8th Judicial District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23, with his attorney Daniel Foster. Branson was fired immediately when the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office charged him with stalking, first-degree criminal trespass and official misconduct.

Deputy District Attorney Dawn Downs asked Field to switch Branson from electronic home monitoring to a GPS device, which she said would allow for better tracking and could make it possible to put an exclusion zone around his victim’s home and work.

An unidentified Fort Collins woman on Sept. 9 reported Branson’s alleged “inappropriate behavior” to Fort Collins Police Services, prompting a criminal investigation.

The agency says its investigation found that Branson used agency resources to discover where the woman worked and lived, and that he contacted her several times at both locations while he was on duty.

Additional details about how Branson came across the woman in the first place haven’t been made available, and court documents remain sealed. Branson is out on bond.

Prior to being hired in January by FCPS, Branson worked in Butte, Montana. Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester told The Montana Standard last week his agency had received one report of alleged “inappropriate behavior” by Branson involving a potential victim in Butte.​
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