More than 4 years later, police officer indicted for alleged misuse of database and coercion

WKYC reports:

A former North Olmsted police officer has been indicted for abusing his official position, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said.

The Grand Jury voted to charge Brian Bielozer, 41, of Westlake, with two felony counts of Unauthorized Use of Property and two misdemeanor counts of Coercion.

He is to be arraigned June 5 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

The charges relate to a Nov. 15, 2010, incident in which Bielozer used the Ohio Law Enforcement Automated Data System to look up personal information about his girlfriend’s landlords. By law, police officers may only use the LEADS system for official business.

According to evidence gathered by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which monitors the use of LEADS, Bielozer used the statewide data base to locate the landlords’ home in Westlake.

Wearing his police uniform, he then went there at approximately 2:30 a.m. and threatened to pursue a criminal case against the landlords if they did not return money that Bielozer claimed was owed his girlfriend.

Read more on WKYC. It’s not clear why it took the city three years to dismiss him, or why it took more than 4 years to indict him, but of course, he’s presumed innocent.

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