Former GRPD clerk pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Carrie Knisley's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former civilian Grand Rapids Police Department employee has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after being under investigation for illegally accessing classified police information.

Carrie Knisley, 45, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Friday to one count of willful neglect of duty by a public officer.  She was sentenced to pay $550 in fines.

Knisley has seen resigned from her position with the city.

Monday, prosecutors dropped one felony count for allegedly misusing the law enforcement information network (LEIN) for personal use. The LEIN system is available only to enforcement and its use is strictly regulated.

A police report says Knisley made an inquiry into a GRPD report that involved her boyfriend. It also alleges she printed the private records and took them home.

The report states that officers found communications in which Knisley said she knew what she had done was wrong and that she could lose her job if it was discovered.

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