Report: BYU officer shared private info with university
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Investigative documents accuse a Brigham Young University police lieutenant of accessing protected information from other Utah law enforcement agencies and sharing that information with school officials.
The records released Thursday by the state Department of Public Safety allege former Lt. Aaron Rhoades examined and distributed information from protected reports by Orem police, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and Provo police between August 2014 and June 2016.
According to the documents, he shared information from those reports with the dean of students office, the Title IX office and the honor code office at the Mormon church-owned university.
In one example the documents show an honor code investigator contacted Rhoades in 2015 about a rape case and he subsequently shared intimate details from the file.
In addition to a dress code and prohibitions on alcohol and coffee, BYU’s student honor code restricts male and female contact and bans romantic expressions of affection between people of the same gender.
Misuse of protected information is a misdemeanor in Utah, but prosecutors declined to file charges against Rhoades.
Rhoades’ attorneys said in a statement that he did not violate any certification standards. He voluntarily relinquished his police certification in November following his retirement.
The state Department of Public Safety announced earlier this week that it would decertify the university’s entire police department beginning in September.
The university called its police force an “internal department” of a private institution and said it will appeal the decertification decision.