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Deputy Charged With Giving Repo Firm Information

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) -- The Harford County Sheriff's Office says a deputy has been charged with giving a repossession towing company privileged information from a crime database.

Dfc. Todd Edward Johnson, 30, of Aberdeen was arrested Thursday at his home. He is charged with bribery, theft and malfeasance in office, and has been suspended without pay.

Investigators say Johnson, a 7-year veteran, used his department-issued mobile computer to search vehicle tag numbers to locate vehicles and owners. Authorities say the tag numbers were given to Johnson by Final Notice Recovery and Location, a towing company in Baltimore.

Deputies say Johnson also got additional information, not available to towing companies, from the National Crime Information Center database. Police say Johnson was paid for providing the information.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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