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Deputy suspended for running license plate numbers for personal use

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A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy used the department's resources for his personal use.

The investigation shows Deputy Jacob Bryson used the department's computer to run license plate numbers while having custody issues with his child's mother.
The incident happened back in January but we're now just getting the details of the internal affairs report.

According to the report, the mother of Bryson's child filed a restraining order against him in January because of threatening remarks he made to her.

The child's mother's attorney, Ken Lawson, says the two were in a custody battle and Bryson was only allowed supervised visitation.

"The deputy was the father of the child and he was wanting visitation, but because of the allegations of harassment she was only comfortable allowing supervised visitation," Lawson said.

Attorney Ken Lawson says to help out his client, two of his own employees volunteered to drop off the child at visitation, so his client would not have to come in contact with Deputy Bryson.
While his employees were in the parking lot, "He decided to take it upon himself to obtain the license plate numbers of the vehicles that they drove, and he used that then to access the law enforcement databases to obtain the private information of my legal assistant and my investigator," Lawson said.

Before Lawson was an attorney he was a State Trooper and knows there was no reason for taking down their license plate numbers.
He called the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office which prompted an internal affairs investigation.

"And with my background in law enforcement I knew that that was something that they could if they wanted to violate the law and use it for personal use," Lawson said.

According to the internal affairs report, Bryson admitted to running the tags to an investigator and apologized.
Bryson was suspended for one day (eight hours) without pay.

Lawson was assured his employee's information would not be misused any further.

"Yes I did receive a letter from the Sheriff and I did talk to the investigating detective," Lawson said, "I wasn't worried about identity theft, I was concerned about the potential of harassment."

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