Ex-Reno Police Sergeant Accused of Targeting Young Female Drivers

According to a published report, a Reno police sergeant was fired earlier this year after an internal investigation found he had targeted young female drivers in information searches and used the department's computer system to gather data on their vehicles.

Paul Pitsnogle's dimissal in April came five months after he was acquitted of charges that he coerced a teenage girl into undressing
to get out of a traffic ticket.

The Reno Police Department report on Pitsnogle's termination recently was publicly released after he filed a civil petition asking a judge to review the denial of his unemployment benefits.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported today that it provides details on queries he made on a computer search device mounted in his patrol car.

The internal investigation found that a disproportionate number of the license plates he ran checks on were for vehicles driven by females younger than 30.

Pisnogle declined to comment.

His lawyer, Robert Hager, says the firing was inappropriate and is being appealed. He says the claims about targeting young females
are untrue.

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