Ex-Cincinnati sergeant to be sentenced for hiring prostitute, illegally using police database

CINCINNATI -- A former Cincinnati police sergeant who pleaded guilty to hiring a prostitute and helping her "service" others is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton County courtroom Tuesday for sentencing.

The charge was one of two Jeff Brunswick pleaded guilty to in the latest chapter of his rocky career with the Cincinnati Police Department.

Brunswick, 51, was sworn to keep Cincinnati's streets safe. But during a previous court appearance, he swore to a Hamilton County judge he had done the opposite.

In June 2013, Brunswick rented a room at the Days Inn & Suites Cincinnati on Ridge Road and hired a hooker, according to court documents.

"The defendant searched on backpage.com and met up with a female,” Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Anderson said. “He procured her to engage in sex for hire."

But this wasn’t Brunswick’s first time on the wrong side of the law.

The former sergeant also admitted to misusing the RCIC police database system to look up information on his former girlfriend and her brother.

"(Brunswick) did use the system to run information on (his girlfriend) on 12 separate occasions in the time period and those inquiries were inconsistent with work purpose access," Anderson said.

In 2005, Brunswick was charged with punching a woman, but that charge was later dropped.

In 2008, he was acquitted on one count of stalking a fellow Cincinnati police officer.

The female officer said he sent her unwanted text messages and attempted to make contact with her son, according to court documents.

In 2011, Brunswick was charged with assault. According to police records, he punched a man in the face at a Green Township bar. The charge was later downgraded to disorderly conduct.

Brunswick was fired during his career and then later re-hired due to appeal.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m.

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