Employee Won't be Charged for Database Misuse

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says he's declining to bring charges against an Iowa Department of Public Safety employee who misused a police database.

Sarcone said Thursday that three prosecutors in his office reviewed the matter and there was a consensus not to bring criminal charges. He says the state agency can address the matter through its own disciplinary procedures.

The employee in question has not been identified. DPS says it learned Sept. 9 of a complaint of involving the potential misuse of the Iowa Criminal Justice System by a department employee, and launched a criminal investigation.

Sarcone says the information that was improperly accessed would have been available through Iowa's online courts database. He says prosecutors could not show criminal intent.

DPS says a disciplinary investigation has been launched.

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