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Officer accused of hiding GPS device in woman's car

April 22, 2010 |  4:40 pm

A Costa Mesa police officer was charged Thursday with hiding a GPS tracking system in a woman's car so  he could follow her around, authorities said.

Aaron Paul Parsons, 30, of Costa Mesa was charged with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of an electronic tracking device, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Parsons hid the GPS device in the woman's vehicle March 18, prosecutors said. He allegedly tracked her and would show up different places at the same time as the 32-year-old woman, whose name was not released.

After several encounters with Parsons, the woman became suspicious and checked her vehicle, prosecutors said. She found the GPS device, which belonged to the Costa Mesa Police Department, and reported the incident to authorities.

If convicted, Parsons faces up to six months in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 28 at the Westminster courthouse.

--Robert J. Lopez