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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Comments (99)
  1. Drew Clayton says:

    Yesterday I came on here and badmouthed all cops which was rediculus of me. When I see individuals walking around with 3 different guns, all kinds of artilery and literal tanks I get scared. When I get scared I get angry and lash out at all cops, which is unfair. I think alot of cops have gotten to caught up in enforcing laws that are unconstitutional but I live in a Democracy and need to accept that I will probably always been in the minority on public policy issues. I would like to retrack my statement yesterday and say that most cops are good but that bad ones stand out. I would also like to think that the good cops in the world should be the ones advocating for tougher laws/regulations to make sure bad cops do not get to stay on the force. After all a few bad cops give bad names to all and youd think good cops wouldnt want to be smeared like that.

    1. All The President's Men says:

      Yesterday you weren’t wrong

      1. batteredbypd says:

        Yeah….what *All The President’s Men* said!

  2. Truth says:

    The real truth is it was his wife who was cheating on him with another cop and he did what most of you would have liked to if your spouse was cheating on you !

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