Cleveland Sergeant Accused of Soliciting Prostitutes Used Police Computers to Message 2,300 Women

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A Cleveland police sergeant accused of soliciting prostitutes used city computers to contact 2,300 women while on duty, according to court documents.

Michael Rybarczyk, who also used the police database to get information about two women, was charged with three counts of unauthorized use of property.

Monday’s indictment comes one month after he was charged with 11 counts of soliciting prostitutes. Already on restricted duty, Rybarczyk was suspended after being hit with the new felony charges.

Authorities say that the 58-year-old defendant used the computers to send “non-work related” social media messages to the thousands of women between June 2018 and January 2019, according to NBC News.

Additionally, he allegedly “accessed the law enforcement automated database system (LEADS) without the express or implied consent of system management” when he gained information about the two women, including their pictures, the station reported.

The officer has pleaded not guilty to the charges of prostitution. He is accused of offering to pay women $40 to $100 for sexual favors, according to Fox 8 in Cleveland.

SOURCE: NY Daily News – David Boroff