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Abuse of power

Disgraced cop faces prison after using police database to gather info on nearly 100 women

By WITW Staff on February 1, 2019

A former nominee for West Australian policeman for the year has been sentenced to six months in prison for using the police database to access information on 92 women he’d met online over the course of 12 years. Adrian Trevor Moore, 48, confessed to abusing the database at least 180 times to screen partners, and further pled guilty to possession of bestiality porn.

Moore’s lawyer, Mark Andrews, told the Magistrates Court on Friday that his client’s behavior was “relatively innocuous” and that he had only accessed the database for the “relatively benign purpose” of ensuring that he didn’t date anyone with a criminal past. Magistrate Geoff Lawrence disagreed, noting that Moore had repeatedly abused the system over the course of 12 years despite knowing full-well that his actions were illegal.

“[The victims] had their information laid bare by him because he had this idea in his head that he would check them out first,” said Lawrence, noting that Moore’s actions had eroded public trust and “confidence in the system.”

But before awarding Moore a six month sentence, the magistrate also acknowledged that he had already been punished severely with the loss of his job of 28 years — and with it, more than $50,000 a year in income. Moore was also ordered to pay $2,000 for his possession of the bestiality porn, which under Australian law is classified as “obscene material.”

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