A former Peoria Police officer has been charged with unlawfully accessing a database with sensitive information.
According to police spokesman Brandon Sheffert, Amaury Fernandez has been charged by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office with one count of unauthorized access to criminal history information.
Sheffert confirmed that Fernandez is being charged with looking up information on a woman that his friend wanted to date, then sharing with his friend that the woman had reported being molested as a child.
“I am deeply disappointed by the actions of this former employee, as we hold all members of our department to the highest standards,” said Peoria Police Chief Art Miller.
“We conducted a thorough investigation and acted swiftly to hold the employee accountable.”
According to Sheffert, while the investigation was ongoing, Fernandez was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 6, five days after a complaint was received.
Fernadez, a Peoria officer for more than two years, resigned from the police department on Sept. 5.