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Cop Charged With Misusing Police Power To Track Down Woman

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The Camden County Prosecutors Office charged a 14-year veteran with the Vorhees Police Department Wednesday for misusing police powers for personal reasons. 

"I think she thought it was creepy," that's what a spokesman for Prosecutors Office says about the woman who reported 44-year old Patrolman Jeffrey Tyther. He is suspended without pay.

"He was on patrol and apparently a female motorist drove past him in her vehicle and in a marked police cruiser he pulled up behind her and then pulled up next to her and waived at her," said spokesman Jason McLaughlin. Investigators say then, the persistent patrolman ran the woman's license plate number through a classified law enforcement data base.

"Through that got her personal information and then attempted to contact her through facebook," says McLaughlin.

Investigators say the woman ignored Tyther's friend request and an email he sent her identifying himself as the officer who had waived to her on the road two days prior. The woman was unsettled to the point where she didn't want to ignore it, investigator say, she wanted to do something about it. So she reported the incident. That kicked off and investigation that's been going on for months. The incident happened September 9th of last year. Charges came July 23rd 2012.

When we knocked on the door of Tyther's last known address, a man answered and said he had no comment and we should contact his lawyer.

Investigators say the system Tyther used to track down the woman is recorded at all times and all officers know it. It records who is using the system, when, and what for. It's only available to law enforcement to be used when pulling over a driver, to find out about warrants or criminal investigation information, not for personal use.

If convicted, Tyther could face up to 10 years in prison.

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