A Howard County police-dog officer, who was accused of repeatedly, illegally entering the second-floor office of a woman believed to be his wife, has resigned after Police Department and criminal probes into the incidents. He was accused of entering the office at least five times since August.
A heavily redacted police report first obtained by The Washington Post states that Pfc. Patrick W. Eckley scared an employee of the Columbia company about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 8, when the employee found Eckley in the office. Eckley, who has won several awards, was on duty that night and told the employee that "he had found a door ajar downstairs and that he was checking the building" in the 7000 block of Samuel Morse Drive, according to the report.