Aurora officer fired amid criminal proceedings in Instagram harassment case

The Chicago Tribune

An Aurora police officer was fired after abusing department resources to access information about a woman amid criminal charges of harassment on social media, Aurora Police Department records show.

In a letter recommending the city terminate Jonathan Olsen’s employment, which began in 2006, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman stated she agreed with the findings of the Office of Professional Standards lieutenant, patrol commander and employee review board. His termination date was Sept. 9, police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said.

Ziman wrote that Olsen “abused his power and authority to watch and harass another person in a series of actions over a period of time,” and violated the public’s trust by using a confidential law enforcement network.

Olsen, 37, of the 200 block of Lineas Lane, Geneva, was charged with electronic harassment in April while Aurora police investigated allegations that he improperly accessed personal information. He was given a notice to appear without having to post bond, said Geneva Police Cmdr. Julie Nash.

In late August, two more counts of electronic harassment were added to the complaint filed in Kane County. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

In July, when the Beacon-News first reported on the case, it had not been made clear whether the criminal and internal investigations were related, and Olsen was still on regular duty at the police department. However, the Beacon-News reported Olsen had been ordered suspended without pay for 10 days, ending June 6, for violating general orders for confidential information and/or unauthorized use of records. He did so repeatedly, also violating the general orders for obedience to laws, according to the chief’s September letter.

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