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Former police officer accused of misusing database

Posted: May 22, 2013 - 11:08pm

ANCHORAGE — A former Anchorage police officer accused of using a state database to look up confidential information about a woman he arrested and had sex with also urged prosecutors to drop drunken driving charges against her, charging documents say.

Mark Moeller, 25, also obtained and then burned a report from Alaska State Troopers about the woman and her ex-boyfriend, the Anchorage Daily News reports citing the documents.

It is against the law for police to use the state database for personal reasons.

Moeller is charged with eight felony counts of criminal use of a computer as well as misdemeanor charges of misuse of confidential information and official misconduct. He resigned in February.

The charges say that Moeller’s misuse of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network began shortly after he began working as a solo officer late last summer. He also is accused of using the network several times to run a criminal history check on his wife’s sister. Moeller told investigators he looked up the information at his wife’s request, to make sure the sister didn’t have a warrant.

But the most egregious abuse of the system began on New Year’s Eve when the 23-year-old woman who Moeller later befriended called police from Eagle River to report herself for drunken driving, said Steve Hebbe, deputy chief for the Anchorage Police Department.

“Essentially, she said she’s too drunk to be driving and told us where she was. We went over and we agreed,” Hebbe said.

Moeller made the arrest and took the woman into custody before transferring her to another officer.

Hebbe said Moeller began calling the woman in the following days.

“They struck up a friendship and began hanging out together,” the deputy chief said.

Police learned there might be a problem when a city prosecutor, Seneca Theno, reported Moeller had called or emailed her four times in January, lobbying her to drop the case against the woman.

Prosecutors dismissed the drunken driving charge against the woman Moeller arrested on Feb. 28, court records show. Police spokeswoman Dani Myren said she did not know why the charge was dismissed.

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