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Former Vic cop jailed for data snoop

By AAP Newswire

A former Victorian police officer has been jailed for illegally accessing the force's database to pass information to his private eye mate.

Former officer Elio Raso and Anthony Thompson, both 62, have pleaded guilty to seven counts of misconduct in public office, by illegally accessing the database between 2011 and 2017.

Both worked together for Victoria Police and as private eyes before Raso returned to the force and began sharing confidential information with Thompson.

Raso accessed the force's database more than 200 times and Thompson on nearly 200 occasions over about seven years.

Their relationship was described as corrupt by sentencing Judge Mark Dean, who jailed Raso for six months.

He was also handed an 18-month community corrections order, including 100 hours on unpaid community work.

"This was a corrupt relationship," Judge Dean said of the pair.

Thompson was spared a jail term, partly because of his severe mental health issues which were expected to deteriorate behind bars.

Instead he'll spent two years on a community corrections order and must complete 200 hours voluntary work.

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