Corrections officer fined for NCIC misuse

Gary Piedmont of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was sentenced to 30 days of community confinement, a $5,000 fine and a year of probation for using the FBI's National Crime Information Center system to check whether a warrant had been issued for a friend.

Piedmont had been a supervisor at the Franklin County Corrections Center. While working there he met Melodie Lynn Calomeris, an inmate who was housed there pending her transfer to a federal prison, according to a summary of the matter agreed to by prosecutors and Piedmont before sentencing. Piedmont employed Calomeris as a housekeeper after her release.

'The Probation Office was in the process of issuing an arrest warrant for Calomeris for violating her supervised release,' according to a statement by Gregory Lockhart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. 'The Marshals Service and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigated and found that Piedmont had used the system to check on the warrant.'

Piedmont checked the NCIC nine times in May 2000 to see if the warrant had been issued, authorities said.

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