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UPDATE: Fourth Marana police officer now under investigation

Former Marana police officer Dionysius Cazares. (Source: Marana Police Department) Former Marana police officer Dionysius Cazares. (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Daniel Nicholas (Source: Marana Police Department) Officer Daniel Nicholas (Source: Marana Police Department)
Officer Kyla Sylvia (Source: Marana Police Department) Officer Kyla Sylvia (Source: Marana Police Department)
MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Marana police officer has been fired following an investigation into computer tampering and criminal charges have been filed against her. 

Two other officers have also "resigned while under investigation," said Sgt. Chriswell Scott, the Marana Police Department's Public Information Officer.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the MPD reported a fourth officer is under investigation. That officer, whose name has not been released, is on imposed leave. 

According to the direct indictment in the Pima County Superior Court, former officer Dionysius Cazares is facing two felony counts of computer tampering, obtaining confidential information.

"On or about the 17th Day of September, 2017, Dionysius Cazares exceeding authorization of use or without authorization, committed computer tampering by knowingly obtaining information required by law to be kept confidential or records that are not public record, by accessing a computer, computer system or network, belonging to ACJIS," the indictment states.

The indictment was filed Tuesday, Oct. 10. The Marana Police Department said Cazares was terminated effective Oct. 27.

The ACJIS or Arizona Criminal Justice Information System is a statewide network housing various databases on persons and property in the state, according to the Department of Public Safety website.

On Oct. 17, Cazares appeared in court for an arraignment. The 31-year-old officer, who was not in custody, entered a plea of not guilty.

Two other officers resigned, according to Sgt. Scott, because they are being investigated. Officer Daniel Nicholas resigned Oct. 19 and officer Kyla Sylvia resigned Oct. 20.

Nicholas Resignation by Tucson News Now on Scribd

Sylvia Resignation by Tucson News Now on Scribd

Sgt. Scott said Cazares is the only officer facing criminal charges at this time.

Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema was unavailable to talk to Tucson News Now prior to this report being filed.

But Sgt. Scott said Chief Rozema is not at liberty to discuss the open investigation, especially while Officer Cazares is eligible to appeal. State law prohibits the department from commenting during the appeal process. She has 10 business days to file for appeal, with the deadline being Nov. 9, Scott said.

Sgt. Scott said Marana Police could not release any additional information during the ongoing internal investigation by their department. The criminal investigation was "being handled in-house," Sgt. Scott said.

According to department records, Cazares was hired June 29, 2015. According to an official photo on the City of Marana website, she was sworn into office in July 2016.

Cazares' case management conference is set for Nov. 16.

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