Former Buffalo Grove police officer Lauren Greenwood, 27, of Mundelein, avoided a felony official misconduct charge by pleading guilty after she was accused on December 15, 2015 of accessing a police database and giving the information to an unauthorized individual for personal gain.
Greenwood was initially charged with felony official misconduct for releasing the official information to an unauthorized person. Under the more severe charge of felony official misconduct, Greenwood faced a sentence of 3 to 7 years in prison upon conviction.
As part of the plea deal, Lake County prosecutors dropped the felony official misconduct charge, and also dropped misdemeanor counts of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Greenwood did not make a statement during the court hearing.
The Lake County Court proceedings were overseen by Judge Daniel Shanes.
Lauren Greenwood was placed on 12 months probation and is required to perform 50 hours of community service as part of the negotiated plea deal to one misdemeanor count of obstructing justice, according to Cynthia Vargas, spokeswoman for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Greenwood is forbidden from serving as a police officer. Greenwood voluntarily resigned her position with the Buffalo Grove Police Department after her arrest in December. She is not permitted to own a firearm, and was ordered to surrender her firearm owners identification (FOID) card.
Greenwood must also undergo required mental health evaluations.
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