A police officer at the Veterans Affairs Columbus medical facility has been indicted on 24 counts by a Franklin County grand jury for misusing access to law enforcement database and records systems to look up information about coworkers and others for personal purposes.
Horace Ryan Greene, 54, of Springfield, faces six counts of unauthorized use of the Law Enforcement Automated Database System (LEADS); 15 counts of unauthorized use of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) and three counts of tampering with records.
“This man was an entrusted employee who abused his position to obtain law enforcement data on coworkers and acquaintances for his own personal non-law enforcement purposes,” county Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Wednesday after the indictment.
Greene has worked as a police officer at the VA Columbus’ Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center off James Road in Whitehall since January 2017.
The indictment alleges that between June 2017 and October 2019, Greene conducted unauthorized law enforcement database searches to acquire personal information on other Columbus VA police officers and employees, along with other non-VA employees.
Greene’s motive for the misconduct was personal. Details about what Greene did with the information were not provided.
O’Brien commended the VA Office of Inspector General Criminal Investigations Division, the VA Office of Security and Law Enforcement, and the Columbus VA police for their investigation.
Greene is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.