Gatineau officer facing criminal charges for accessing police database

A Gatineau police officer is facing two criminal charges of breach of trust after he allegedly accessed police computers to look up personal information on behalf of his friends.

Gatineau police laid the charges Tuesday against Nicolas Marceau, an officer with four years of service with Gatineau police. He also faces one charge of unauthorized use of a computer.

Gatineau police allege Marceau used the police computers for personal reasons between Feb. 5, 2014 and June 29, 2016 and that the information he obtained were grounds for the breach of trust charges.

In one case, on or around Apr. 11, 2016, police allege Marceau gave an acquaintance personal information about her former spouse. In another case, police allege he provided information to a friend about her neighbours.

In neither case did he receive any monetary compensation for the information he provided, police said.

Marceau has been suspended with pay since his arrest last summer. Gatineau police say they intend to review his employee status in light of the charges, and say if he's found guilty he would automatically be dismissed under the rules of the Police Act.

A second officer arrested in connection with the same investigation was cleared of all charges in November, police said.