Clark County sheriff’s dispatcher accused of misusing police property

(UPDATED @ 6:25 p.m.) A Springfield man is free on bond, accused of a felony on a charge accusing him of misusing a database used by law enforcement for investigative purposes while he was a Clark County sheriff's dispatcher.

Troy Orndorff, 45, was arrested Wednesday and released on a signature bond (no cash) Friday morning after his arraignment in Clark County Municipal Court on the charge of unauthorized use of property.

Orndorff has resigned from the sheriff’s office, Chief Deputy Travis Russell said Friday afternoon.

“He is no longer associated with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office,” Russell said, declining further comment.

According to an affidavit filed in court, Orndorff is accused of knowingly accessing information from the law enforcement automated data system -- referred to as LEADS in law enforcement parlance -- without consent of his supervisors and for no law enforcement reason.

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Orndorff performed searches on at least five people April 4 and 5, he told an investigator, because he was bored.

According to the affidavit, investigators had probable cause to believe a crime had been committed and on Tuesday, April 18, asked for a LEADS audit trail scan of Orndorff's activities.

That same day, Orndorff admitted to his supervisor that he was scrolling through the master file index and came across five people he thought he knew, so he ran their Social Security numbers to view their photos.

According to the affidavit, Orndorff told his supervisor he "was bored and made a bad decision by going against LEADS policy" when he ran the information of the five people "for no law enforcement purpose."

What is LEADS?

According to the Ohio Revised Code, LEADS is part of a computer network that provides data and communications for criminal justice agencies within the state.

LEADS is administered by the Ohio Highway Patrol superintendent. LEADS does not include data and files separately collected and maintained by intrastate regional systems or other individual user systems.

LEADS utilizes out-of-state inquiries about persons, vehicles or licenses. Law enforcement, courts and prosecutors can query on driving records, vehicle ownership, stolen property, missing persons, warrants and parole statuses. Driver's license images and criminal histories also can be viewed.

We're working to learn more about this developing report and we'll give you an update when that information becomes available.

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