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Claims cop passed data onto mates

Mackay Constable Tristan William Lebherz remains suspended without pay while his 17 charges progress through the courts.
Mackay Constable Tristan William Lebherz remains suspended without pay while his 17 charges progress through the courts. Kevin Farmer

A MACKAY police officer who allegedly passed on data from police computers to his friends and tried to pervert the course of justice has faced court.

Constable Tristan William Lebherz, 28, had not yet entered any pleas to 15 counts of using a restricted computer without consent, one count of attempting to pervert justice and one count of misconduct in public office.

The Bucasia man appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Damien Dwyer, represented by defence barrister Troy Schmidt.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Police Service confirmed Lebherz had been suspended without pay while his case progresses through the courts.

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has alleged Lebherz carried out a number of unauthorised searches of the Queensland Police Service Qprime database system.

"During the CCC's investigation it also identified that the officer allegedly attempted to pervert the course of justice following a routine traffic interception of a friend by the QPS in Brisbane," the commission said in a statement.

"It will be further alleged he disclosed confidential information to associates."

The offences are alleged to have occurred between June 27, 2015 and July 14, 2016.

Lebherz was granted bail by the magistrate.

The police officer had faced two charges - attempting to pervert justice and misconduct in public office - but 15 fresh charges have been laid.

Mr Dwyer adjourned the case until October 15 for a committal hearing.

In a committal hearing a magistrate determines whether the prosecution has enough evidence for a particular case to be heard in a higher court.

Topics:  accused alleged crime and corruption commission editors picks mackay mackay court mackay crime mackay magistrates court police queensland police service



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