Award-winning detective busted looking up Snapchat woman on police computer

A distinguished detective did “something stupid” when he used a restricted work computer to look up details of a woman he’d met on Snapchat, and is now “ashamed and embarrassed”, a court has heard.

North Metropolitan Region detective senior constable Aaron William Ogg pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday to one count of unlawful use of computer relating to a single offence committed in January.

The 34-year-old’s lawyer told the court his client had been chatting with the woman on the social media platform for about two weeks when “his curiosity got the better of him”.

“He just had a quick look at this person … he’s not a stalker,” the lawyer said, adding Ogg just wanted to see if his new online acquaintance was “a genuine person”.

Award-winning detective busted looking up Snapchat woman on police computer

Camera IconThe magistrate said Ogg had breached the trust placed in him as a serving police officer by misusing a restricted computer. Credit: Supplied

“He’s a person of good character. He’s an excellent police officer … he just did something stupid.

“I’m not going to say this access is trivial. It is not – the commissioner is cracking down on it.

“He’s embarrassed and ashamed of what he's done.”

The court heard Ogg looked up the woman’s name, address and details of a burglary that had been committed at her property.

He went to her street for an unrelated “legitimate job” but there was no suggestion he visited her house.

The magistrate said Ogg had breached the trust placed in him as a serving police officer by using a computer that was entirely meant for work purposes to satisfy his curiosity and personal interest.

She said she did not believe Ogg attending the woman’s street was an aggravating feature of the offence and accepted he was of good character, noting he had won a policing award.

She described his offending as an error of judgment, gave him the full sentencing discount for entering a plea at the first reasonable opportunity and noted he was subject to disciplinary proceedings at work as well as the “consequences of dealing with this in a public court”.

Ogg is currently stood aside from operational duties.

The magistrate decided a term of imprisonment or a community-based order was not appropriate punishment and instead ordered Ogg to pay a $3000 fine and $500 in costs. She also granted him a spent conviction, meaning the offence will not show up on his criminal record.

Ogg declined to speak with media outside court.

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