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Greenwich counter terrorism officer used police database to spy on husband
A GREENWICH counter terrorism officer has been found guilty of using high-security police databases to snoop on her ex-husband.
Police Constable Annaleisa Gordon, from Sutton, was found guilty of one data protection offence but cleared of two others at Southwark Crown Court yesterday (October 31).
Gordon, 48, used her privileged access to police databases to search for information about her former husband Christopher McNair repeatedly between 2009 and 2011.
She was working as a counter-terrorism officer for the Metropolitan Police with a focus on Greenwich, but repeatedly used police databases to search for her ex-husband and for the details of criminals and suspects living in her street and near her mum’s house, in Woodcote Road, Wallington, Southwark Crown Court heard.
She was found guilty of one count relating to Mr McNair and cleared of two relating to other addresses by a jury yesterday and fined £350.
Police have now launched a misconduct investigation into Gordon's behaviour.
Commander Allan Gibson, of the Metropolitan Police Service's directorate of professional standards, said: "PC Gordon has breached the trust placed in her by the public, she also let her colleagues down.
"On the rare occasions an officer acts unlawfully they impact on the whole of policing. We will continue to ensure that those who have acted unlawfully, and where there is the evidence to support charges, are put before the courts for a jury to judge."
The jury was told it is not unusual for counter terrorist officers to trawl databases for information on offenders.
She was cleared of two counts relating to the addresses in Carshalton and Wallington.
PC Gordon will remain on restricted duties with the police until the misconduct investigation is complete.
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