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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ex-Cop Faces Year in Prison

Ex-cop faces year in prison
The Cincinnati Enquirer by Kimball Perry - April 7, 2011

The woman wondered why a Cincinnati police officer wanted to talk to her as she stood in a restaurant parking lot. Barry Carr, who was since fired from his police job, asked the woman her name and expressed an interest in getting to know her, an interest she didn't return. "He thought that she was attractive," Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Bill Anderson said Thursday. Over the next few weeks, the woman was pulled over in her car 13 times by Carr who then often made sexually suggestive comments to her, she told police. "After the initial meeting, he stopped her on numerous occasions and asked her out on dates," Anderson said. "Every time they had contact, he was working, on-duty, in uniform and in a marked (police) vehicle." She complained to police who conducted an investigation that resulted in Carr being indicted for using the police computer in May 2009 to look up the woman's personal information for personal use. Carr, 61, of Madisonville, who was fired after his indictment, was convicted by a jury Thursday of unauthorized use of a computer. The conviction could send him to prison for a year. Carr was a sergeant being paid about $70,000 before he was suspended without pay and first demoted and then fired after his March 2010 indictment. He had been a Cincinnati police officer since 1986. Anderson said before the start of the trial, in front of Common Pleas Court Judge Pat DeWine, he offered Carr a plea deal that would result in Carr being convicted of a misdemeanor in exchange for resigning. "Our main (objective) was to make sure Mr. Carr no longer remained on the Cincinnati police force," Anderson said. Police officers usually cannot keep their jobs if they are convicted of felonies because that precludes them from carrying a gun. Carr's conviction is the last in a long line of problems he has had as a Cincinnati police officer. He was fired in 1999 for having his salary garnished 15 times in three years for debt. Carrying such debt violates police policy because it can make officers susceptible to outside influences. He returned to his job, though, in a 2000 settlement reached with the city. His other disciplinary actions while a police officer include three separate incidents of neglect of duty, two more subsequent suspensions for having his wages garnished for not paying his bills, failing to turn in paperwork on time, failing to process a citizen's complaint and failing to bring in a doctor's excuse after using sick time.

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