Christopher J. McKenna, 37, of Hamilton, N.J., a former Mercer County sheriff’s officer who previously was assigned to the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse, was sentenced today to 364 days in the county jail as a condition of a term of two years of probation by Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert in Burlington County. The jail term is to be served following the term of probation and may be suspended if he properly completes probation. McKenna pleaded guilty on May 31 to a charge of third-degree wrongful access and disclosure of information. He forfeited his job as a sheriff’s officer and is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey.
In pleading guilty, McKenna admitted that he accessed a restricted law enforcement database to obtain three arrest photos of a juvenile. He further admitted that he provided the photos to a newspaper reporter for The Trentonian on or about Aug. 21, 2015 in violation of New Jersey law, which prohibits public disclosure of juvenile court records. The newspaper published the three photos along with an article that named the juvenile in the photos and included details of the three arrests of the juvenile.