- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A suspended Mercer County sheriff’s officer accused of illegally obtaining and providing mugshot photos of a juvenile suspect to a newspaper has been indicted on official misconduct charges.

Christopher McKenna, 37, was also charged with wrongful access and disclosure of information in the indictment recently handed up by a state grand jury. The Hamilton resident could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

A telephone number for McKenna could not be located Saturday. It’s not known if he has retained an attorney.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said McKenna accessed three photos from a restricted photo database used by county and local law enforcement. He said the website included a statement that information from the database can only be used for law enforcement purposes and unauthorized use can result in criminal prosecution.

The photos of the 14-year-old, who was shot seven times by police who said he pointed a gun at them, were subsequently published. The teen was charged in juvenile court.

The attorney general’s office has refused to release information about the officers involved in the shooting.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union joined with the teen’s family and protesters to demand an investigation after the photos were published.



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