Metro Transit: Employee Searched DMV Records 7,000 Times

Updated: 05/11/2014 8:42 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 6:15 PM
By: Jay Kolls

A Metro Transit investigation confirms what 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first reported last month, how a Metro Transit employee illegally gained access to private data on a website operated by the Department of Public Safety.

Transit officials released the findings of an internal investigation that shows the employee, identified as Richard P. Johnson, improperly searched driver's license records while on the job and at home. The report says his searches included ex-girlfriends, co-workers and their spouses and even old neighbors. 

Metro Transit says its investigation found Johnson violated state law when he conducted these unauthorized searches between January 2011 and May 2013.  In the investigative report, Johnson is quoted as telling transit officials he searched the records because he was "bored" and "curious" and that he meant "no harm" to anyone.

Transit officials issued a statement that says they are referring their findings to Metro Transit Police for a possible criminal investigation.

Johnson has not been arrested and has not been charged with a crime. Metro Transit says it regularly conducts audits of the DMV database searches to make sure employees are following transit policies and state law.

KSTP tried to locate Johnson for comment, but we were unable to locate him.

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