Austin police officer is accused of misusing official information
According to the indictment, the police officer is accused of providing personal information about two women to an acquaintance in 2018 and 2019.
Austin, Texas – – An Austin police officer is charged with misuse of official information, a third degree crime. The officer was indicted by a Travis County grand jury.
“This case in other cases like this one is important and a priority for our office as it is critical to restoring community confidence to hold law enforcement accountable when they break the law,” said Jose Garza, Travis County Attorney. “It is a third degree crime that carries a sentence of between 2 and 10 years.”
According to the indictment, Hall is accused of providing personal information about two women to an acquaintance in 2018 and 2019. The acquaintance was involved in a custody case with one of the women and a divorce case with the other.
The indictment goes on to say that the information was not made public and was obtained through his office and employment, and that the information was used to harass these women.
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The officer was indicted by a Travis County grand jury.
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District Attorney Garza said he was keeping his campaign promise to hold law enforcement accountable. “When members of our community trust the police and prosecutors, they are more likely to believe in the fairness of our judicial system to seek help reporting crimes and participating in investigations that make us all safer,” said Garza.
The Austin Police Department had no explanation of the charges, saying that Hall is on limited service without pay.