NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey — A suspended police captain for a New Jersey state agency has been convicted of charges that he misused police databases for personal purposes.
Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman announced Tuesday that 52-year-old Brian Brady of Sparta, was found guilty of official misconduct and computer theft following a six-week nonjury trial in Mercer County. But he was acquitted of other counts of official misconduct, as well as theft by deception and tampering with public records.
A sentencing date has not been scheduled, but authorities say Brady could face up to 20 years in prison.
He also will have to resign his post with the New Jersey Human Services Police and will be permanently barred from public employment.
Prosecutors had claimed Brady submitted fraudulent time sheets that indicated he was working when he was traveling for personal pleasure or business. He also was accused of using a state vehicle, state gas card and state-issued E-Z Pass on the personal trips.
Brady also allegedly filed fraudulent firearms qualification certificates.
A former mayor of Sparta, Brady was suspended from his job when the charges were first brought in May 2011. At the time, he was the third highest-ranking officer in the Human Services Police, reporting to the chief and the director.
The Human Services Police provide police services at the developmental centers and psychiatric hospitals operated by the state Department of Human Services. They also are assigned to protect offices and case workers for the Division of Youth and Family Services.