Aberdeen cop admits illegally using police database

Katie Park  Published 4:29 p.m. ET Dec. 13, 2016 | Updated 8:18 p.m. ET Dec. 13, 2016


DeSarno is scheduled to be sentenced March 20, 2017, said the Monmouth County Prosecutor.

An Aberdeen police veteran pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he wrongly accessed a national law enforcement database and provided information to an outside party, the Monmouth County Prosecutor said.

Christopher DeSarno, 40, of Holmdel admitted to one count of third-degree computer theft before state Superior Court Judge Thomas Scully, sitting in Freehold Borough, Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a statement.

He did not disclose what database DeSarno accessed, for what purpose, or for whom.

Gramiccioni said DeSarno agreed to forfeit his position as a police officer and not take any position involving law enforcement or public service in New Jersey.

Neither DeSarno nor his attorney, Mitchell Ansell of Ocean Township, could  be reached for comment.

DeSarno applied to the Pretrial Intervention Program, which allows first-time offenders to seek alternatives to the criminal justice process of ordinary prosecution. The purpose of the program is to reserve prison space for people convicted of more serious crimes.

If a defendant successfully completes the program, the offense is wiped off the criminal record.

DeSarno will learn if he has been accepted into the program at sentencing, which is March 20, Gramiccioni said.



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