An ex-police officer from WA who accessed the personal details of almost 100 women using a police computer, the majority of which he found through dating websites or apps, has been jailed for six months.
Adrian Trevor Moore, 48, pleaded guilty to 180 charges in total, including 177 unlawful computer access-related charges.
Moore was also caught with videos and images of women engaged in sex acts with dogs and horses when internal affairs detectives searched his Kelmscott home last year.
Extensive details surrounding Moore’s offending were revealed for the first time in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.
The court was told between 2006 and 2018 Moore, while a Senior Constable with WA Police, accessed the personal details of 92 women.
The majority of the women whose details he accessed via the restricted access police system were women he had dated or was considering dating via Tinder and Plenty of Fish.
The court was told 33 of the women had details including their date of birth and addresses accessed multiple times.
One victim was looked up 13 times over several years, while another victim was searched six times.
Moore joined the force in 1990 and was nominated for police officer of the year in 2011, the court was told.
He looked up the women’s details while working at the Perth and Cannington police stations.
His defence lawyer Mark Andrews told the court Moore had “struggled to find his soulmate” and that his past relationships with women had left him with emotional scars.
He said he looked the women up to essentially find out if they were people he could associate with and to make sure they did not have any criminal associations, given his role as a police officer.
“That’s really what motivated his offending from beginning to end,” Mr Andrews said, adding his client had suffered a “high degree of public ridicule” since the charges came to light.
Moore was stood down from duty in March once he was charged by internal affairs investigators.
He resigned from the force in May and is now a boilermaker.
The internal investigation was launched after one of Moore’s female victims came forward to police in January last year.
Moore told the author of a psychological report that he carried out his crimes partially due to curiosity but also boredom with his job and during slow periods at work.
Magistrate Geoff Lawrence said Moore’s offending was too great for a suspended jail term because he had abused his position of trust within the police.
He said Moore’s crimes were a gross breach of trust and that he had effectively embarked on a process of “vetting” potential partners since 2006.
“He did it intentionally, he knew the dangers,” Mr Lawrence said.
“This man knows that he’s done wrong. You (Moore) made a serious error. You made it time and time again.”
Mr Lawrence said such offending had the capability to cause the public to lose confidence in public officials.
Outside court Moore’s defence lawyer Mark Andrews said he had no instructions to appeal the jail term.
“I think the case sends a signal to anyone who has access to a restricted access computer,” he said.
“He understands that he did the wrong thing and he’s paying the price for that.”
His six month term will start from today.
He was also fined $2000 for possessing the bestiality material.