Canadian Policy Brief

Ottawa Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Accessing Databases

Sep 13, 2012
The Ottawa Citizen reported that a 25-year veteran of the Ottawa police force pleaded guilty on August 9 to inappropriately accessing personal information stored in police databases. At her September 26 sentencing, Staff Sgt. Lisa Fournier could be demoted for a period of seven months after admitting to accessing the information 169 times over a three-year period in what police prosecutor Christiane Huneault described as a “serious violation of the complainant’s right to privacy.” The complainant was the ex-girlfriend of the officer’s former partner. Fournier apologized and expressed that her actions were not for personal use, but to protect a little boy.

The Ottawa Citizen reported that a 25-year veteran of the Ottawa police force pleaded guilty on August 9 to inappropriately accessing personal information stored in police databases. At her September 26 sentencing, Staff Sgt. Lisa Fournier could be demoted for a period of seven months after admitting to accessing the information 169 times over a three-year period in what police prosecutor Christiane Huneault described as a “serious violation of the complainant’s right to privacy.” The complainant was the ex-girlfriend of the officer’s former partner. Fournier apologized and expressed that her actions were not for personal use, but to protect a little boy.

More Information: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ottawa+staff+sergeant+pleads+guilty+personal+police+databases/7064960/story.html

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