Hacker accused of accessing ex-girlfriend’s data — that’s police officer Derrick Hacker

It’s one thing to follow your ex on social media.  Then there’s this.

A Crystal, Minnesota cop with more than two decades on the force is facing multiple charges after he allegedly accessed his ex-girlfriend’s private information on a government database while claiming to investigate an identity theft case.

Derrick Hacker faces 18 total charges of multiple counts each of exceeding authority as a police officer, willfully violating data practices acts, and unauthorized computer access.

The Crystal Police deputy checked Hacker’s desk and found several handwritten notes about his ex-girlfriend, including phone numbers and printouts of a drivers license and vehicle information, according to a criminal complaint obtained by KSMP.

An investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found 60 searches involving his ex-girlfriend to the Minnesota Department of Driver and Vehicle Services website between Feb. 13, 2019 and June 22, 2021. All of the searches came from Hacker’s account, the complaint says.

Hacker was placed on paid administrative leave after the office received the initial complaint, and he is still on leave, according to Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering.