MPD Officer Accused of Using Database to Rape Woman
(Memphis) News Channel 3 uncovered new details about this Memphis police officer accused of rape.
Investigators say Aaron Reinsburg used work equipment to track down his alleged victim.
The DA says officer got the woman’s address by using a database that all law enforcement is given access to but criminal justice experts say most officers only use this information for good.
“There is always going to be those that misuse that power,” said CT Freeman, a former police captain and criminal justice professor at the University of Memphis.
Freeman says he isn’t surprised by the charges but says the public shouldn’t be worried.
“They they track every key stroke that is done on that database,” said Freeman.
Officer Reinsburg is accused of using a county law enforcement data base to look-up a woman’s address and then rape her.
The DA’s office says Reinsburg met the woman on Beale Street, exchanged phone numbers and then later, while off-duty, accessed the data base to find out where she lived.
The woman told police she woke up to find Reinsburg on top of her.
Freeman says while police have the power to look up information, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as well as county authorities know each time an officer accesses it, “There’s a fingerprint on everything. Every keystroke that is made there is a fingerprint of that.”
That fingerprint is exactly what helped prosecutors build a case against Reinsburg whois facing 3 counts of rape and two counts of official misconduct.
“I want people to know that 99.9 percent of law enforcement officers take the responsibly of access to databases to heart and they don’t misuse them,” said Freeman.
While the district attorney is prosecuting Reinsburg, MPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is still investigating the case.
Reinsburg has been suspended with pay.