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Ex-Cop Uses GPS To Track His Date

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A former police officer pleaded no contest today to using a GPS to keep tabs on a woman he was dating.

Aaron Paul Parsons, 31, of Costa Mesa pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of an electronic tracking device, according to court records.

Parsons spent 7 1/2 years with the Costa Mesa Police Department before resigning in April, after he hid a department-issued global-positioning system device on the car of a 32-year-old woman.

According to prosecutors, after the woman unexpectedly ran into Parsons several times, she grew suspicious and checked her car, where she found the GPS device.

The terms of Parsons’ sentence were unclear in court records, but he was ordered to contribute to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.  Prosecutors said, Parsons could have faced up to six months in jail if he was convicted at trial.

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