City Officer Accused Of Bribery, Misconduct

Charges Allege She Checked Records For Investigator, Was Paid For Information

April 22, 1997|By Kate Shatzkin and Peter Hermann | Kate Shatzkin and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer has been indicted on charges of bribery and misconduct for allegedly running dozens of criminal record checks for a private investigator and for being paid for the information.

Police Agent Catherine D. Miele, a 15-year member of the force who most recently worked in the communications division, allegedly ran the checks on police computers -- inaccessible to the public -- for nearly two years between May 1994 and February 1996.

"We were able to trace back that these were not part of her duties as a police officer," said prosecutor Elizabeth A. Ritter, head of the economic crimes unit in the city state's attorney's office.

Ritter would not name the private investigator or say how much Miele allegedly was paid or how the information might have been used.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, refused to say how many criminal records Miele is suspected of checking for the investigator, but called it a "significant" number.

Miele, 37, surrendered to the Police Department's Internal Affairs Division yesterday morning on the indictments, which a grand jury handed up Thursday.

She was released on her own recognizance, according to her lawyer, M. Cristina Gutierrez.

A hearing to determine whether she will be suspended with or without pay was scheduled for today.

Arraignment on the charges was set for May 16.

Gutierrez said Miele's indictments were not unexpected, considering that the state's attorney's office had been "investigating for months and months."

Gutierrez said Miele would plead not guilty to both charges, and that the officer was not paid for information.

Miele is the sister of Nicholas H. V. Miele, a former city officer who was convicted in a 1989 stabbing assault on his wife.

Pub Date: 4/22/97

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