New Britain Officer Accused of Improper Uses of State Data

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    Police said an officer used a state database to check on a man spotted with his estranged wife.

    A New Britain police sergeant improperly used a state data system to find information about a man he saw with his estranged wife, according to New Britain officials.

    Sgt. Michael Baden has been accused of improperly using the Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing system that details criminal histories, license plate numbers and other data.

    An internal affairs investigation concluded that Baden improperly used the system, which is a felony, on June 2 after spotting his estranged wife, also a New Britain police sergeant, at a diner with the unidentified man.

    Baden, who retired on Nov. 6 while facing misconduct charges, said he committed no violation. He said he was doing a routine check on a driver who committed a traffic violation.

    Police said Baden followed the man for nearly five miles while on duty.
     

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