Celina cop charged with abusing police database system

CELINA — A Mercer County grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against former Celina Police Department officer Mark Burgoon for abusing a law enforcement database system during of an ongoing conflict with his wife, from whom he was estranged at the time.

According to a statement from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Burgoon’s wife, whose name has not been released, had contacted the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office in November 2021 with allegations that Burgoon was harassing her. The sheriff’s office agreed to conduct an investigation due to conflict of interest issues involving Burgoon’s employment with CPD.

The investigation by Mercer County detectives revealed that ongoing marital issues between the two had resulted in numerous allegations being made against each other. There were numerous unwanted verbal and electronic communications between the two parties. One of the allegations made against Officer Burgoon was that he used a law enforcement database to identify people who were friends with his wife.

The investigation revealed that Constable Burgoon had improperly used the Automated Law Enforcement Data System (LEADS) to identify a person he believed to be a friend of his wife. LEADS is the database used by law enforcement officers to check driving records, identify vehicle owners from license plates, compile a person’s criminal history and many other functions. ‘law application. Accessing the LEADS system for any reason, other than a law enforcement purpose, is a fifth degree felony under Ohio law.

Officer Burgoon, who has since retired from the Celina Police Department, received a subpoena in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on June 28.

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