OH: Former Laurelville police chief gets probation for system snooping

Mary Beth Lane reports:

A former Laurelville police chief was sentenced yesterday in Hocking County Common Pleas Court to a year’s probation for unauthorized use of property.

Judge John T. Wallace sentenced James E. Taylor, 45, of Circleville, to six months in prison, suspended for a year’s probation. Taylor also surrendered his Ohio peace-officer certificate, meaning he can never work as a sworn officer in the state again, said Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Taylor pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony last month, admitting that he misused the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway to obtain information on people for purposes unrelated to law enforcement. The online secure network shares criminal-justice data among law-enforcement agencies, and is supposed to be used only for official business.

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It would be great if some privacy advocates analyzed all the cases involving misuse of law enforcement databases for personal to use to get a sense of whether there are ever any really serious jail time sentences, or if the consequences tend to be (just probation) but loss of job.

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