MIAMI (AP) — Jurors in Florida decided a police officer owes $15,000 in damages to a couple she illegally snooped on more than 100 times over the past two years.
The SunSentinel reports 41-year-old Pembroke Pines Police Officer Melodie Carpio admitted she used her job to look up information about her boyfriend’s ex-wife and her new husband on confidential law enforcement databases. The verdict was announced Tuesday after a one day trial in federal court in Miami.
Court records showed she snooped 167 times.
Carpio is personally liable to pay the civil judgment to Cindy Thibault and Claude Letourneau.
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Attorneys Michael Glasser and Eric Rudenberg said they believe the verdict sends a message to law enforcement officers who abuse their power.
Pembroke Pines police disciplined Carpio after an investigation in 2016, but she kept her job.