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Mar 22, 2012 10:48 AM by AP

Judge: Search violated officer's privacy

MONROE, La. (AP) - A judge has ruled that evidence obtained after searching a former Monroe police officer's desk should be suppressed because the search violated the officer's expectation of privacy.

Raul Johnson, the former Monroe police corporal currently under federal indictment on suspicion of selling stolen items on eBay, filed a motion in December asking the judge to suppress evidence in his case because it was obtained by invading his privacy. The government argued that the multiple searches of Johnson's car and office were appropriate, given the circumstances.

The New-Start reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes filed her report and recommendation Tuesday.

In the report, Hayes said the search of Johnson's desk at Carroll Junior High School, where he worked as a school resource officer, was invalid without a search warrant.

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