Ex-Cop Indicted In Illegal Database Searches
ARIZONA DAILY STAR via YellowBrix
December 24, 2009
A former Marana police officer has been indicted on more than two dozen felony charges, including those alleging he conducted unauthorized computer searches on such people as former UA softball pitcher Taryne Mowatt and KOLD TV anchorwoman Heather Rowe.
Calvin Ingram, 39, was arraigned Tuesday in Pima County Superior Court on 25 counts of computer tampering and one count each of trafficking in the identity of another person and aggravating taking the identity of another.
Ingram’s indictment was unsealed Wednesday.
Ingram, who was fired in September after serving 11 years on the force, is accused of misusing his access to three police databases to look up information on the University of Arizona’s Mowatt, KOLD’s Rowe and 23 others.
The databases house information relating to drivers’ registrations, criminal backgrounds, home addresses and other personal information of Arizona residents.
Ingram is suspected of accessing the databases 89 times between October 2008 and September 2009 for his personal use, according to a news release from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
He also is suspected of giving the information to others.
Ingram had worked as a police officer for the department since Jan. 9, 1999, and was earning a base annual salary of $58,510 when he was fired, according to Marana officials.
He is fighting his termination, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
“We think the charges are obviously exaggerated. Police officers run computer searches on people routinely who are not connected to any specific police report,” said Ingram’s attorney, Michael Storie.
Ingram’s next court appearance is Feb. 9.