Mesa Police Officer Indicted On Computer Tampering Charges
September 18, 2008
Attorney General Terry Goddard, Department of Public Safety
Director Roger Vanderpool and Mesa Police Chief George GascÃ³n
today announced the indictment of Mesa Police Officer Daniel
Coronado, 37, of Gilbert, on four counts of computer tampering
and four counts of unauthorized access to criminal history.
Coronado was indicted on these charges, all Class 6 felonies,
Wednesday by the State Grand Jury.
According to the indictment, between January 2005 and June 2008,
Coronado used police computer terminals to access the Arizona
criminal justice information system and/or computerized criminal
history records for purposes other than his official law
enforcement duties. The indictment alleges that Coronado
illegally logged on to the computer terminals 149 times and
accessed the criminal records of about 10 individuals.
The indictment is the result of an internal investigation by the
Mesa Police Department, which was turned over to the Department
of Public Safety for investigation. Coronado has been suspended
from the Mesa Police Department pending the outcome of his case.
Assistant Attorney General Philip Garrow is prosecuting this