BY DAN ROZEK
September 10, 2009
Steven R. Cordes wanted to help his girlfriend keep tabs on who her
teenage daughter was dating and hanging out with.
So Cordes -- director of a Kane County emergency dispatch agency --
searched confidential police databases and did criminal background
checks on a boyfriend and other friends.
But the searches were unauthorized -- and illegal. On Thursday the
44-year-old Lake in the Hills man on Thursday was sentenced to six
months in jail and placed on 30 months probation after he pleaded guilty
to official misconduct for running the searches between 2006 and 2008
while he ran Quadcomm, a 911 dispatch center. He had earlier resigned
his post at the center.
Cordes did the searches -- including license plate checks and a
background check on one person -- because he wanted to help his
girlfriend keep her teenage daughter safe, Cordes. attorney said.
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