According to the probable cause statement, Corum, 34, Carthage, ran a check on a license plate number to help her friend, who was going through a divorce and thought the car belonged to her husband's mistress.
A July 15 arraignment is scheduled before Judge Joseph Hensley.
Details of the allegation are provided in the probable cause statement:
On November 20, 2019, I (Trooper J. L. Mason) met with Jasper County Emergency Services Director April Ford, who informed me a possible M.U.L.E.S/N.C.I.C. violation committed by Sarcoxie Police Chief Brandy Corum.
Director Ford advised she was contacted by the Pittsburg, Kansas Police Department and informed of the possible violation. Director Ford indicated she conducted an "offline search" and confirmed Brandy Corum conducted a law enforcement computer inquiry of (a Missouri license number), the vehicle registration in question.
The inquiry was conducted on October 11, 2019, by a mobile computer terminal at the Sarcoxie Police Department. Mrs. Corum's password/login information was used to access the information. Director Ford asked for the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate the incident. The investigation revealed the following:
On October 11, 2019, Sarcoxie, Missouri Police Chief Brandy Corum received a text message from her personal friend (name withheld). The text displayed (the vehicle and the Missouri license number).
(The friend) is separated from her husband and is currently going through a divorce. (The friend) believed the vehicle belonged to a mistress of her husband's and she was requesting the personal information of the registered owner.
After receiving the text, Chief Corum conducted a computer inquiry using the law enforcement computer system (M.U.L.E.S./N.C.I.C.) and obtained the personal information of the registered owner (name withheld). The check of the license plate was conducted on October 11, 2019, at 1642:34 hours.
On October 11, 2019, at 1643 hours, Chief Corum texted (the friend) and provided her with the information.
Chief Corum admitted she received a text from her friend requesting information.
After receiving the text message, Chief Corum conducted a MULES/NCIC computer inquiry and obtained the personal information of the owner.
Chief Corum then texted information from that inquiry to (her friend). Chief Corum read me the back and forth messages sent between (her friend) and herself. She voluntarily provided me with her cellular telephone to examine the messages.
Chief Corum indicated she didn't have a legitimate law enforcement need to conduct a computer inquiry of the license plate. Per Chief Corum, the vehicle never traveled through the City of Sarcoxie and based on the text message/photograph, it appears the vehicle was parked at (her friend's) residence in Pittsburg, Kansas.
During my interview with Chief Corum, she admitted to recently terminating a Sarcoxie police officer for committing a MULES violation. She also advised there were other factors that played into the termination of the employee.