Police in Parker-Broderick case arrested

July 31, 2009 6:27:22 AM PDT
Two Ohio police chiefs suspected of snooping for tabloid fodder at the home of a surrogate mother for actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are to be arraigned on undisclosed charges.

A special prosecutor has been looking into whether the eastern Ohio chiefs illegally entered the woman's home in May, when she wasn't there. It was unclear if their arrests relate to that investigation.

The prosecutor could not be reached for comment. His office said information would be released Friday. Martins Ferry Police Chief Barry Carpenter and Bridgeport Police Chief Chad Dojack are to be arraigned Friday in Belmont County.

County jail personnel confirmed that they were booked Wednesday night and released.

There were no residential telephone numbers listed for the two men.

The special prosecutor in the case, Harrison County Prosecutor T. Shawn Hervey, was out of town Thursday and would not comment or release any information until Friday morning, said a woman answering the phone at his office. He has said he would take the case to a grand jury if he were to pursue charges.

The Belmont County court clerk's office confirmed that arraignments for the two were scheduled Friday morning before Common Pleas Judge John Solovan, but Solovan's office would not provide any details. Court officials said information on any secret grand jury indictments cannot be released until after arraignments.

The surrogate mother gave birth to Parker's and Broderick's twin girls June 22 at an Ohio hospital.

Hervey had said earlier that initial allegations against the police chiefs were taken to the county sheriff's office. Officials determined that a special prosecutor from outside the county should handle the investigation.

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