SAN JOSE, Calif. — A San Jose police officer has been charged with unauthorized computer access after authorities said he leaked police intelligence information to Vietnamese organized crime members.
Derrick Antonio, 34, was charged with 23 other defendants in six related cases involving extortion, public corruption, narcotic trafficking, assault, illegal gun possession and conspiracy, the San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bayareane.ws/2d5Us3Q).
At least two homicides have been linked to the activities, authorities said.
Antonio was charged Thursday with five counts of unauthorized computer access involving police databases, and one count of being an accessory to a crime after the fact.
The charges stem from allegations that he accessed the department computer system five times to leak investigative information to gang members, said Deputy District Attorney Crystal Seiler.
He is also charged with providing information after an unspecified gang assault, the newspaper reported.
“It’s disappointing when a law-enforcement officer finds himself in this position and, frankly, it besmirches the badges of our men and women in law enforcement,” Seiler said.
Antonio could face a maximum sentence of 10 years if convicted of all charges.
He did not enter a plea Thursday and declined comment after a hearing.
Antonio has been on paid administrative leave since June.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com