A Voorhees Township Police officer is accused of using a police database to find a woman on Facebook.
It happened last September, according to police. Investigators say Officer Jeffrey Tyther, 44, of Voorhees Township, was on-duty in a marked police cruiser when he saw a woman drive past him. Tyther allegedly pulled up behind her, then pulled next to her and waved. Police say the woman never stopped her vehicle or spoke to Tyther.
On September 9, Tyther allegedly obtained the woman’s personal information using the State Police NCIC motor vehicle database. Police say the database can only be used for law enforcement purposes and that Tyther was not allowed to access her information since he never issued a ticket or witnessed her engage in any criminal behavior.
Tyther then allegedly used the woman’s personal information to find her on Facebook. Investigators say he sent her a friend request a few days after seeing her on the road. When she didn’t respond, police say Tyther emailed her and identified himself as the officer who waved at her. The woman told a coworker about the incident who then contacted police, according to investigators.
Tyther, a 14-year veteran of the department, turned himself in to State Police on Monday and was released on a summons. He is charged with computer theft and violating the motor vehicle record law.
He was suspended without pay from the department.