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Former Cop Arrested for Misusing Confidential Information

Former B’port officer arrested
The South Pittsburg Hustler - March 26, 2009

BRIDGEPORT, AL - Alabama Attorney General Troy King recently announced the arrest of a former Bridgeport, Ala. police officer who is charged with misusing confidential law enforcement information.  James T. Beck Jr., 53, a resident of Bridgeport, was arrested by an agent of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center and taken to the Jackson County Jail, according to a press release. The Attorney General's Office presented evidence to a Jackson County grand jury on March 10, resulting in a two-count indictment against Beck. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Beck:

• Willfully obtained or sought to obtain criminal offender record information by accessing the Law Enforcement Tactical System, under false pretenses that it was for an official law enforcement or criminal justice purpose; and
• Willfully communicated or sought to communicate criminal offender information in a manner not in accordance with the law. Both charges are felony violations of Code of Alabama Section 41-9-601, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of between $5,000 and $10,000.

“The LETS system is an invaluable tool for law enforcement, and the information it contains is protected by law,” stated Attorney General King. “Access to this data is privileged and confidential, and it is a crime to use LETS for any purpose other than a legitimate law enforcement or criminal justice purpose.” According to the release, the case was investigated by the Alabama Criminal Justic Information Center and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Laura Irby Cuthbert and by Assistant Attorney General Bill Lisenby, who is chief of Attorney General King's Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division.

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