LIMA — A Lima police officer has been fired following his indictment on charges related to the illegal use of a government data base.
Christopher Lemke, 32, of Lima, was dismissed from the Lima Police Department after being indicted by a recent session of the Allen County grand jury on 12 counts of the unauthorized use of law enforcement automated database system.
Kevin Martin, chief of police for the city of Lima, said officials had “received a complaint regarding possible criminal activity” on Lemke’s part and that the grand jury “found possible cause to believe that activity had occurred.”
According to the 12-count indictment returned against Lemke, the veteran police officer “did knowingly gain access to, attempt to gain access to, cause access to be granted to or disseminate information gained from access of the law enforcement automated database system … without the consent of the chair of the law enforcement automated data system steering committee.”
The charges are all felonies of the fifth degree. The incidents allegedly occurred between Jan. 2 and Oct. 16 of 2019, according to the indictment.
A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on June 16 in Allen County Common Pleas Court.