Franklin police investigated for alleged breach of juvenile data
By Pam Horne, Managing Editor
With City Administrator Eric Stuckey seated by his side, Police Chief David Rahinsky addressed reporters last night about the city’s decision to have Nashville’s Metropolitan Police Department investigate an alleged breach of juvenile data within the force.
At issue is whether or not a Franklin Police employee misused professional access to juvenile records to disseminate information about one of Rahinsky’s family members.
Rahinsky said he was first notified three months ago about the possible incident by a member of his own staff.
Stuckey, who emphasized that the chief wasted little time bringing the matter to his attention, told reporters “to (Rahinsky’s) credit, he pulled out of the investigation” and brought in the deputy chief to handle the matter.
Stuckey said the city’s response was to call on a larger outside agency to investigate.
City officials await the results of Metro’s investigation and will say little else about the situation.
Juvenile matters are handled by the Williamson County Department of Juvenile Services.
Juvenile court records are maintained by the Williamson County Juvenile Court Clerk’s office.
Rahinsky, a father of three, was somber last night during the late-notice press conference, which lasted less than a half hour and was held in the chief’s conference room.
He praised his department, choosing not to “speculate on someone’s motive” to release protected information about his family.
Until Metro’s investigation is complete, Stuckey said little details could be offered about the incident.
“Everyday we strive to get better…this is not a mark against the police department,” he commented, adding that it was a “mark against one individual.”
“I’m sitting next to a guy who is not just a police chief, but a dad and husband,” Stuckey said.
Posted on: 7/29/2013