Police Chief Found Guilty in Sarah Jessica Parker Surrogate Mother Scheme

By Alexis Sezar on November 23, 2009

Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, pictures, picture, photos, photos, pics, pic, images, image, new, twins, babies, girls, surrogateHOLLYWOOD, Calif. — An Ohio police chief was found guilty Monday on three of six charges stemming from a May break-in at the home of the surrogate mother for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

Police Chief Barry Carpenter of Martins Ferry was convicted of three felonies for receiving stolen property, theft in office and tampering with evidence. He was acquitted on two counts of burglary and one count of unauthorized use of property or services, according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors say Carpenter and the police chef of a neighboring town broke into Michelle Ross' home and proceeded to steal items related to the surrogate mother's pregnancy. They then tried to sell the information to a tabloid.

Ross delivered the couple's twin baby girls, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, in June. Before the birth, Parker had frequently complained about the abuse the surrogate had endured as a result of the high-profile pregnancy, including both her telephone and computer getting hacked into.

"I care deeply about her and I am incredibly outraged by the sort of extraordinary and unprecedented invasion of her privacy," Parker told Access Hollywood. "I think even given the unfortunate way we live now in this unending appetite for the more salacious information, it has still shocked me, and it has still really disappointed me."