Jun 16, 2016 9:34 AM

Salem police dispatcher resigns after her police officer husband is arrested in Mass.


SALEM - A Salem police dispatcher has resigned after her husband, a police officer in Lawrence, Mass. was charged with extortion.

Amy DeSantis, a civilian dispatcher, had been placed on paid leave in Salem while authorities looked into whether she used the computer system to locate a warrant for her husband prior to his arrest.

According to the Eagle Tribune, department spokesman Lt. Joel Dolan confirmed DeSantis, who lives in Methuen, had resigned.

Her husband, John DeSantis Jr., was arrested and charged by federal authorities on May 26. He is accused of writing personal checks to buy cocaine and then extorting his dealer, who was an FBI informant, into giving him drugs for free.

John DeSantis was released on a $50,000 bond with several conditions, including that he undergo drug rehabilitation following a hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Information about the status of the investigation into Amy DeSantis was not immediately available.

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