Suspended police captain spared prison term for misusing police databases for personal reasons



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NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey — A suspended police captain for a New Jersey state agency who was convicted of misusing police databases for personal purposes will not have to serve a prison term.

But Brian Brady will have to resign his post with the New Jersey Human Services Police and will be permanently barred from public employment under the sentence imposed Friday.

The Sparta resident, who once served as mayor of that town, could have faced up to 20 years in prison. But he instead was ordered to serve a year of unsupervised probation.

Brady was found guilty last July of official misconduct and computer theft following a nonjury trial. But he was acquitted of other counts of official misconduct, theft by deception and tampering with public records.

Prosecutors have said Brady directed subordinate state employees to use FBI and state databases to conduct background checks of players on an independent minor league team he followed, the Sussex Skyhawks, which was part of the Canadian American League. He also had the run a check on a home health aide he was considering hiring for his mother.

Brady was suspended from his $101,000-a-year state job in May 2011.

A telephone number for Brady could not be located Saturday.

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