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Fired officer arrested, accused of accessing rape database

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 10:37:17-05

Authorities say a North Carolina police officer who had been fired for harassing rape victims continued to access a police database to obtain information about the women.

News outlets report 34-year-old Paul George Matrafailo was arrested Monday and charged with illegally accessing government computers.

Court documents say Matrafailo was a detective with the Fayetteville Police Department but was fired on May 7 after three women accused him of sending them sexual messages.

The State Bureau of Investigation says on May 20 Matrafailo accessed a database that stored information on rape cases.

One victim says Matrafailo's texts were friendly, then turned sexual.