Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Police officer found guilty of computer charge

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati police officer could face up to a year in jail after being convicted Monday of improper use of a police computer.

        Officer Matthew J. Moning, 33, was convicted in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court of accessing a police computer to research someone's criminal history and giving it to an unauthorized person.

        The offense — unauthorized use of property — is a felony. Sentencing was scheduled for April 18. Officer Moning said he would appeal, but declined to comment further.

        Officer Moning had been suspended without pay. Monday night, Cincinnati Police Division officials said they had not received formal notification of the guilty verdict.

        The internal investigations unit will now make a report on the incident and Chief Tom Streicher will make a recommendation to the city manager about Officer Moning's employment status.

        Officer Moning, on the force since June 1992, has said he was trying to help bust a drug dealer when he used the computer to check the man's criminal history.

        The man complained to the Cincinnati Police Division's internal investigation unit in September after he said Officer Moning gave him a copy of the information. Officer Moning, a former undercover vice investigator, has said he didn't give the man the piece of paper; the man grabbed it.


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