A former officer of the East Hartford police, who allegedly used a law enforcement computer system to get information about his ex-girlfriend, is facing 18 other charges after checking data on three other people.
Juma Jones, 35, contested his firing from the East Hartford Police Department earlier this year, in addition to dealing with charges filed against him by the department.
According to police, Jones was arrested in January for allegedly using a state police database to get information about an ex-girlfriend from Hartford and her sister.
The East Hartford Police Department said Jones also illegally logged into the system 18 other times to check information of three additional people.
"There is actually an explanation for what he did," said Jones' attorney, Salvatore Bonanno. "It is one that I really can't share with you right now."
Police said Jones allegedly went to his ex-girlfriend's home in Hartford on Jan. 11 against her wishes after he called her consistently for 48 hours.
Jones, who was in possession of a police-issued handgun, claimed he stopped by the residence to "return several pieces of Tupperware."
One victim, Kym Dubay, who was mentioned in court papers, told Eyewitness News by phone that she dated Jones for a while, but was upset when she learned Jones checked the database on her.
"...that really upset me," said Dubay. "Other than that, he was a gentleman to me."
Court papers said the other two people Jones looked up on the state police computer system included a different ex-girlfriend and the man she married.
"I don't know what to tell you," said Bonanno. "He's a police officer who has never had any problems before."
Jones, who appeared in court Monday morning for the second time this year, is suing to get his job back. East Hartford police did not comment on the situation.
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