An Alaska state trooper on leave to serve with the Alaska National Guard has been charged with illegally using a computer.

A joint statement from troopers and the Guard said that Trooper Michael Alexander, a five-year veteran of the force, had been arrested on two counts of criminal use of a computer. He was taken into custody after Alaska Bureau of Investigations members served warrants on his home and person.

According to the statement, troopers received a Jan. 5 complaint that Alexander “may have illegally accessed a device that belonged to someone with whom he had previous personal connections.”

“We take matters of this nature incredibly seriously, and will always hold our own accountable,” said trooper Col. Barry Wilson, AST’s newly promoted commander. “The swift and thorough investigation conducted by ABI is a testament to the importance we place on integrity, honesty, and transparency.”

Guard officials are assisting troopers with the investigation, according to Guard’s adjutant Brig. Gen. Torrence Saxe.

Troopers spokesman Jonathon Taylor said Wednesday afternoon that Alexander had spent his tenure as a trooper in Fairbanks and Anchor Point. For the past year, however, Alexander had been performing Guard service under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

“He was on an extended leave of absence to serve in the Alaska National Guard in the provost marshal’s office,” Taylor said.

Taylor didn’t have details on whether Alexander had allegedly misused criminal-justice resources available to him as a trooper, or his motive for the acts of which he was accused.

After his arrest, Alexander was held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

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