Two former Franklin Police officers were booked into the Williamson County Jail on Thursday morning after being indicted Monday on charges that they misused the system that allows officers access to criminal information databases.
According to a statement from the Franklin Police, Britton Cornell and Ryan Dugger, two former Franklin Police Officers, were flagged in a routine audit of officer queries after it was determined they were querying information with no relevance to matters under investigation by the Department.
“After ordering an administrative investigation, I contacted District Attorney General Kim Helper to request a review of this matter by her office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” Chief Deborah Faulkner said in the official statement. “The criminal indictments of Cornell and Dugger for Official Misconduct and Official Misuse of Information were the result. Franklin Police Officers depend on and value the trust of our citizens.
Violating that trust is never an option.”
The TBI released this statement:
“At the request of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper, on April 26, TBI Agents began investigating allegations of misuse of information against two individuals who were, at the time, officers with the Franklin Police Department. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that between January and April 2017, Britton Cornell and Ryan Dugger had used the Criminal Justice Portal System for excessive inquiries on their days off and after hours.”
The Williamson County Grand Jury handed down indictments on Monday, Dec. 4, charging Cornell and Dugger, both 25, each with one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Official Misuse of Information. Cornell was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Williamson County Jail on a $5,000 bond. Dugger turned himself in on Thursday morning. He was also booked into the Williamson County Jail, on a $5,000 bond.