Ex-officer accused of using police database to search for date

Published: Mar. 9, 2019 at 7:36 PM EST
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A former Florida officer is being investigated by the FBI for some of his actions while still on duty.


, during a Thursday morning press conference, Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Brevan said a long-term internal affairs investigation into former Sgt. Leonel Marines revealed he was using his status as a police officer to meet women.

Brevan said the investigation revealed multiple violations, including sex on duty.

According to the investigation, Marines was using database searches of women, not for law enforcement duties, but for social media, phone calls and even to visit their homes in hope of dating them. The chief said he was successful in some situations.

The investigation began last June when a woman filed a complaint about Marines following an encounter in a parking lot. According to Brevan, Marines followed the woman when she left and later showed up at her parents' home to speak to her.

CBS17 reported the parents would not allow Marines to speak to her.

"I sat down with her and her parents and I told them they were heroes, as far as I was concerned," the chief said. "In this day and age, I think it takes a little bit of courage to be willing to tell a police officer standing at the door 'No, we don't want to let you talk to our daughter.'"

Brevan said she ordered an investigation after that and found discrepancies in "several hundred" database queries of women. Marines was placed on administrative leave but later resigned.

"It goes without saying this is not what our officers should be doing," Bevan said during her news conference. "Had Marines not resigned, he would have been fired."

Brevan said the internal affairs investigation is closed, but it is still a "very active and open criminal investigation" with the FBI.