Tucson detective accused of accessing database

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Tucson Police Detective Edwin Richards. By courtesy Tucson Police Department Tucson Police Detective Edwin Richards. By courtesy Tucson Police Department

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A Tucson police detective has been indicted on six felony counts of illegally accessing a police computer database for personal use.

Detective Edwin Richards was served with a court summons on Tuesday and given termination papers. Police spokesman officer Chuck Rydzak says Richards will remain on paid leave until his termination hearing, which is set for next week.

Neither Rydzak nor a spokeswoman for the Pima County Attorney would say what records Richards is accused of accessing or why.

Tucson police began investigating the 16-year veteran in November. He is due to appear in court on Friday.

There was no answer at a telephone listing for Richards in Tucson.

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