Friday, November 29, 2019 10:13 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors say an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper misused a law enforcement database to look up information about his estranged wife’s acquaintances while on duty.
Brian Bracy, of Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh), is charged with 12 counts of unauthorized use of property, a fifth-degree felony. He pleaded not guilty this week in Cuyahoga County court.
A message seeking comment was left Friday for his lawyer.
Prosecutors say the 49-year-old Bracy accessed the database a dozen times between December 2017 and September 2018 to search for names, license plates and other information about his wife’s friends after the couple separated.
The patrol says it investigated a tip about Bracy earlier this year and put him on unpaid leave after he was indicted.
Cleveland.com reports Bracy had joined the patrol in 2004.
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