Former officer pleads guilty to improperly accessing database

A former Baltimore Police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to improperly accessing a law enforcement database to provide information to a drug dealer who was under federal investigation.

Keith Nowlin, 39, of Laurel, pleaded guilty to one count of accessing a protected computer without authorization. In June 18, 2010, prosecutors say Nowlin, then an officer assigned to the Northeastern District, exchanged text messages with a man named Marvin Mobley, who was being monitored through a wiretap as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

Mobley asked Nowlin for information about the identity of a vehicle owner, who according to Nowlin's attorney, Warren Brown, was an undercover police officer. The attorney said Mobley and Nowlin were friends.

"No problem anything for u," Nowlin said to Mobley in a text message, according to prosecutors.

The then 37-year-old officer had been hired a year earlier and was still in his probationary period, and was fired. He faces a maximum sentence of one year and a fine of $100,000 at a hearing in August, prosecutors said. Mobley was sentenced to 10 years as a result of the drug investigation.

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