Former County Jail Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Misusing Police Database to Track Down Estranged Wife's Boyfriend

Update: Former county jail supervisor Steven Key reached a plea agreement this week with the prosecutor's office over his misuse of LEADS, a statewide police database, to track down his estranged wife's boyfriend.

Key copped to the offense in exchange for prosecutors dropping the felony charge for a guilty plea to a misdemeanor. As part of the deal, Key agreed to quit his job and to never work in law enforcement again. He was also sentenced to 30 days probation. As points out, he will still be able to collect his pension.


(Updated 5/26/17): Steven Key, a former Euclid Jail supervisor who allegedly instructed a subordinate officer to look up Key's ex-wife's boyfriend's license plate on LEADS, a statewide police database, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Misusing LEADS is a fifth-degree felony.

He and the officer, Quincy Jimson, were recently issued 30-day suspensions from the county. Key, for his part, had been suspended more than 30 times in his career with the Sheriff's Department.

He'll be arraigned on June 9.


(Original story 5/18/17): Discipline letters were sent out this week to two Cuyahoga County jail officers who allegedly misused LEADS, a statewide police database — which, beyond departmental punishment, is fifth-degree felony.

Steven Key, formerly a supervisor at the Euclid Jail facility, which is run by the county's Sheriff's department, is accused of having Quincy Jimson, an officer at the jail, look up a license plate belonging to Key's ex-wife's boyfriend in the system. Keys subsequently visited the man's home and was eventually arrested by Euclid police on charges of menacing by stalking.

That investigation led to the discovery that the jail employees had used LEADS to track down the victim's address. A Sheriff's department investigation followed, and while it moved slowly, the case was referred to the county prosecutor's office last month. No decision on charges has been reached yet.

In the meantime, the county has issued its discipline for Key and Jimson.

Key, who has been suspended some 30 times in his illustrious career with the county, was handed a 30-day unpaid suspension and will be demoted to a corrections officer as of July 1 when that suspension is finished.

Jimson was also dealt a 30-day unpaid suspension and will be reassigned from the Euclid facility.

They can appeal the county's determination; no word yet on if they will.

In letters to the officer detailing the discipline, the county noted it reserved the right for further punishment up to and including termination if criminal charges follow and they are convicted.
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