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Blue Springs police dispatcher accused of misuse of information

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 13:43:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A dispatcher with the Blue Springs Police Department allegedly used a state system to search for records for a neighbor she had been feuding with, according to prosecutors and court records.

Jessica Smith, 41, was charged in Jackson County with a misdemeanor count of misuse of official information by a public servant, or an alternative count of tampering with computer data, also a misdemeanor.

According to a probable cause statement filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Smith completed two searches on July 7, 2019, using the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) for a man who lived near her in rural Higginsville.

The police department did not have any calls related to the man on the days surrounding the searches, according to the statement, and the man has never been the focus of a criminal investigation by Blue Springs police.

Both Smith and the man told investigators they had an ongoing feud between them.

A summons was issued for Smith to appear in court, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

Court records listed a Blue Springs address for Smith.