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Conn. police sergeant charged with computer crime

A Hartford, Conn., police sergeant has been charged with a computer crime after he allegedly disclosed information from a national law enforcement database to a female friend.

Sgt. Reginald Allen, a 17-year veteran of the city's police force, was arrested Monday and charged with committing a computer crime in the third degree, a felony, by disclosing information he obtained from the National Crime Information Center, a network for federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

Allen's associate then reportedly used to information to harass her ex-boyfriend's pregnant girlfriend by leaving messages on her work and mobile phones and placing a letter in her mailbox. On one occasion, the woman in possession of the sensitive data claimed to have friends in the Hartford Police Department, according to published reports.

The victim complained to local authorities in Windsor, Conn., who relayed the allegations to police in Connecticut's capital city. Hartford's Internal Affairs Division then launched its own investigation.

Allen, released on a promise to appear in court on Monday, has been suspended without pay from the department.

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