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Police say former Peoria officer illegally accessed records

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 19:14:52-04

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a Peoria police officer who recently resigned has been accused of accessing criminal history records without permission.

Police say Amaury Fernandez has been charged by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office with one count of unauthorized access to criminal history information.

They say Fernandez was placed on administrative leave and a criminal investigation began after police was made aware of the allegations.

Fernandez resigned from the department on Sept. 5.

The criminal investigation was submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review and charges.

Details on what records Fernandez is accused of accessing have not been released by police.

It was unclear Wednesday if Fernandez has a lawyer yet.