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Arizona man accused of illegally accessing records

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By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A civilian employee for an Arizona sheriff's office is facing charges that he impersonated a police officer to get terrorism-related records that he later gave to a writer.

Investigators say Tuesday that Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employee Joseph Asarisi Jr. portrayed himself as an officer to access dozens of documents through a homeland security network and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

The Peoria man is accused of then giving documents to author Jack Murphy.

The documents were supposed to be viewed by only officers.

Asarisi has pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating a police officer and computer tampering.

Joshua Davidson, Asarisi's attorney, had no immediate comment late Tuesday morning.

The sheriff's office announced the charges against Asarisi on Tuesday, but he was arrested and indicted in June.

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