The Ohio Supreme Court has imposed a two-year suspension on a Cleveland attorney who used a state database to keep tabs on his children and ex-wife. Rosel C. Hurley, III of Cleveland improperly used the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) while he was employed at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 2011 and 2012. OHLEG is a secure electronic information network that provides law enforcement agencies with data on criminal histories and other records.
Hurley was going through a divorce at the time he worked for the prosecutor’s office, and accessed OHLEG between 30 and 40 times to access information about his ex-wife and children. Employees are forbidden from using the database for personal reasons. Hurley also made harassing and threatening phone calls to his wife.
Hurley eventually pled guilty to five counts of unauthorized use of property and one count of aggravated menacing and telephone harassment. The Supreme Court imposed an interim felony suspension in March of 2013.
In the disciplinary proceeding, the Supreme Court adopted the Board’s misconduct findings and sanction, but declined to grant Hurley any credit for time served under the interim felony suspension, because Hurley acted with a dishonest motive, failed to demonstrate compliance with his OLAP contract, and was evasive about his misconduct during his disciplinary hearing.
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