Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license?

Her photo was the honeypot local law enforcement couldn't resist

"I just want this to stop," Rasmusson said.

At first, the coordinator was skeptical. An audit of the database is serious business, and hunches didn't get Rasmusson very far.

So Rasmusson wove the larger story: She used to be a cop and she'd heard that after her divorce other officers were looking her up.

Rasmusson and her ex-husband bonded over their shared law enforcement career, until her unexpected medical retirement in 2003
Rasmusson and her ex-husband bonded over their shared law enforcement career, until her unexpected medical retirement in 2003
Rasmusson began isolating herself more and more, eventually moving to a remote bungalow on 160 acres of farmland.
Rasmusson began isolating herself more and more, eventually moving to a remote bungalow on 160 acres of farmland.

Finally, the coordinator agreed. She'd have the results in a couple of days.

When Rasmusson got a call two weeks later, the coordinator took a very different tone: "Have you been on the news recently?"

Rasmusson, who was just leaving a friend's house, pulled her car over to the side of a township road. "No," she said. "There's been nothing."

The coordinator told Rasmusson that her hunch had been right: Her private data was accessed over and over by cops all across the state, going back to 2007.

Each of the cops who'd looked her up would be notified about the audit, and their access of her record would be investigated for possible discipline. Rasmusson, however, wouldn't have a voice in the process. The officers would know who she was; she wouldn't know who they were.

"Can you tell me how many agencies there were?" Rasmusson asked.

The coordinator told her the final tally was 18.

Rasmusson ended the call. Then she opened the car door and vomited.


On September 14, in an atrium room above the Eden Prairie Police Department, Lieutenant Bill Wyffels sat down with Officer Zachary Hessel and flicked on a recording device. After some seemingly mundane questions about legal uses of the database, the real interview began.

"I'll get to the meat and potatoes of this," Wyffels said. "The Department of Vehicle Services received a complaint from a female who is a former officer of the Eden Prairie Police Department. Her name is Anne Marie Rasmusson."

"I know who she is," said Hessel.

"She believes that her name was run in the DVS database," continued Wyffels. "Do you ever recall personally running her name in the database?"

The officer quickly invoked his Garrity rights, a law enforcement privilege that says his statements can be used only for internal investigations, not criminal prosecution. Then he answered the question: "Yes, I do."

In the months that followed the audit, similar Internal Affairs interviews were taking place in private rooms in law enforcement agencies across the state.

In some departments, such as Dakota County Sheriff, Bloomington Police, and the State Troopers, one or two officers were determined to be peering illegally into Rasmusson's file.

Yet others were responsible for huge numbers of illicit searches. Minneapolis police had 24 officers who'd accessed Rasmusson's record 133 times. St. Paul had 42 officers responsible for 175 look-ups. One female cop in St. Paul looked Rasmusson up 30 times over the course of two years.

In Eden Prairie, the audit turned up the names of 10 officers. Wyffels took responsibility for interrogating his own officers over their use of the driver's license database.

Officer Hessel admitted in his interview to accessing Rasmusson's record at a patrol room computer in 2011, saying he wanted to see what she looked like.

"Her name came up in a conversation with other officers," he explained.

The same day, Detective Christopher Millard told Wyffels he'd looked up her record to get her address—the two were old friends, he explained, and using the database was just easier.

A third officer, who in the Eden Prairie investigation files remains unnamed, came forward that day with a more provocative story. He'd been out on patrol when his supervisor called his cell phone.

"I believe that they stated for me to run her," the anonymous officer said.

"For what purpose?" Wyffels asked.

"To look at her picture, um, and this had something, I believe the conversation surrounded plastic surgery that she had done," the cop answered.

"Who has asked you to do that?" Wyffels asked.

"Carter Staaf," the officer replied.

The next day, Sergeant Staaf was in the hot seat. He accounted for 13 direct look-ups over the years. Now Wyffels wanted to know if he was the "Patient Zero" for the data breach in Eden Prairie.

"Would you do it to compare photos?" Wyffels asked Staaf.

"That'd be fair to say that," Staaf answered.

"What would be the reason for doing that?" Wyffels pressed.

"To compare photos, just to see differences," Staaf said.

Exasperated, Wffyels asked, "I mean, there should be a reason why. Either it is for work purpose or it isn't."

"I...I don't believe those are work purposes, no," Staaf conceded.

By the end of three interviews, Staaf said Rasmusson had once been a close friend and that he'd looked her up to see if "she's got a new look."

"Have you ever commented to anybody to look at, to pull up her...or suggested to them to query her photo because she is now very attractive?" Wyffels pressed at one point.

"I would...I mean, that's probably the reason," Staaf stammered, and later on, defeatedly: "I'm giving you my belly...my goal is to stand here and stand accountable for that. I'm happy to take whatever it is."

It ended up being a demotion and a five-day suspension, the harshest penalty that has resulted in the inquiry so far. Hessel and Millard had letters of warning placed in their files. All 10 officers were sent to retraining.

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IMFUKED
IMFUKED

Hey at least she had enough money to move away, I'm in a situation where all the local police know me because of an incompetent police officers actions. I have no money, I was 19 when it happened, I developed PTSD and schizophrenia, and now can not work full time because of my symptoms. She is the lucky one, I gotta deal with this situation with constant voices telling me I'm a piece of shit. I have to deal with this situation not being able to read legal documents and being able to correctly communicate with a lawyer about my situation. I gotta live with my parents for the rest of my life. All because of a police officers incompetent actions. I have to suffer while they continue to have perfect lives... How fair is that?

Auggie61
Auggie61

I recently had the opportunity to meet Anne not knowing anything about this story. I can tell you she is truly affected by this situation and there is no defense for these officers acting without legitimate reasons. Further, She has the right to be fit and attractive as any us without her information being illegally accessed. Please remember this is a private citizen not celebrity or socialite. Cut her some slack and leave her be.

Hotladywithhotcars
Hotladywithhotcars

This stalking business does not only happen with on duty cops. This happens with off duty cops and their buddies, their friends, private investigators, private detectives, store managers that have deals with cops, etc. etc. etc. I am hot too. They are on my butt everytime I drive down the road male or female old or young does not matter. They have the equipment in their cars. They use it to harass and abuse. Does not matter. It is a game for them. They can do it so they do it. I have known this for a long time. Anne knows because she worked with them and saw them doing it. Tell me something I do not know. When I write this comment, they will do it more because they can. Such a waste of tax payers money.

Joe Mama
Joe Mama

This article isn't terribly balanced. While I'll be the first to admit this is inappropriate behavior, Ms. Rasmusson is selling herself short. Conduct a google search and you can quickly find her competitive bodybuilding picture. She is hot, and if I lived anywhere near the Twin Cities I'd be interested in meeting her too. My guess is that when she got divorced and left the force that single cops just wanted to find out where they could "bump into her" and ask her out. Does that excuse the abuse of a confidential database? No. But it does make it a lot more understandable than the plaintiff's wondering what somebody sees in her driver's license picture; it wasn't the more plain photos shown in the article that they cared about; they know how nicely she cleans up and were interested in meeting her.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

how about this: known badge bunny are mad the boys are talking about her. how about this: what do you expect from cops?

twolf1920
twolf1920

I train with some female mixed martial artists that could probably kick your ass in a fair fight, Marine. I would have a care spouting off things that youknow solittl about.

Stephansonprop
Stephansonprop

WOW is that photo over rated, don't get me wrong she is a attractive gal but nothing to get in trouble over.

Jake Wyffels
Jake Wyffels

If she is 110 she must be wearing 3 bulletproof vests in that picture...

Craig52
Craig52

how did she get hired as a police officer if she was 5'2" and 80 pounds overweight?

Sarahbrianna2424
Sarahbrianna2424

This retired police office took an early medical leave from the pd and is collecting a cops full salary for the rest of her life....and now a body builder? She is getting paid by our tax dollars to be hot...or think she's hot. She is fully capable of working like the rest of us. Now she's just being greedy trying to sue and get paid for this article. People look her up because they hate her and think she is a bad person for faking a medical condition and stealing money she doesn't deserve.

ex P.O.
ex P.O.

In the Biz there is a term called "Officer Barbie." It describes great looking women who become law enforcement officers. Unfortunately there is often a similar progression to their careers that ends with accusations of harassment real or imagined and mostly real. Sadly Society is so Sexualized that there's relatively little chance that these lookers will have any kind of normal career path. This nice lady could/should have been a model from the get go.

Ahendr083
Ahendr083

Omg you guys, settle down. HAHAHAHA getting pregnant intentionally to avoid deployment? Yeah, that's an epidemic that's just sweeping the police force. Is being a member of the Marines even comparable to being a member on the police force? You earned that title through extraordinary feats and by accomplishing more than the minimum. I wouldn't assume that the police force and the Marines are so similar. Women in the police force are much more widely accepted and they do well. They bring important and useful skills to the field; instincts, calmness amongst scenes of duress, comfort to victims, they are a relate able source of trust for female victims especially in cases of sexual crime. This chick is being singled out and she's doing what she should. What anyone would tell their daughter, sister, mother, or wife to do in the same situation. What I initially meant to say before I started reading some of these almost misogynistic comments, was. "You go girl."

MadMac
MadMac

Hot? She looks like a cockapoo with a wig.

ActaNonVerba
ActaNonVerba

Medically retired bodybuilder? As a former Marine who witnessed females in a traditionally male occupation, all I can tell you is, it's not good. Reduced standards, using sexuality for preferential treatment, male superiors afraid to hold them accountable for fear of sexual harassment complaints, using their kids to get out of obligations, getting pregnant intentionally to avoid deployment. It's pretty bad. For the record, I welcome women in any occupation and many are awesome in these types of jobs, but there's a lot of work that needs to be done.

Taicho_N_GameMaster
Taicho_N_GameMaster

All cops are @55H0LES. I hate every cop out there. They're all criminals, but with the law on their side.

Taicho_N_GameMaster
Taicho_N_GameMaster

So what? She's just another blondie and you see everyday. I don't understand why all these cops with no wife or girlfriend would look her up for. THey can have all the girls they want at a bar and even better looking too. Girls, especially blondies, love cops.

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gogetthem
gogetthem

For cops to illegally gather data on people is nothing new. They do it all the time for their own gain.

Rexydg7
Rexydg7

I find it more interesting that she was MEDICALLY retired but can "train" at the cop gym for a "body sculpting" contest. I guess the hangnail healed.

Graywolf
Graywolf

Same-o, same-o...Dog bites man.One set of laws for the cops, another for the rest of us."Protect and Serve" themselves.

Leahhelbig
Leahhelbig

Dont see.any thing special about her.proves.that.cops.spend most their.time wasting it.then solving crimes

Reason
Reason

If this woman is so concerned about her privacy, then why did she allow fairly personal photos to be included in this article? And of course, it's highly possible that no permission was given, but I'm sure the photos are posted on public forums, such as her Facebook/Twitter account. While I agree that a couple cops overstepped boundaries by contacting her, it feels like a federal lawsuit is a bit much. In fact, I'm sure a civil lawsuit will be filed soon after (aka: a chance to cash-in).

Gordon Stinnett
Gordon Stinnett

We can count on City Pages to always fail to respect good taste. The woman has had to endure over a hundred cops stalking her via official databases. Now City Pages posts a photo gallery (including bikini shots) so a whole new bunch of stalkers can obsess over her.

HpPavilion22
HpPavilion22

Wonder how many pretty internet women had thier private info checked out by horny chat room stalkers

Caleb Greene
Caleb Greene

I am finding it hard to believe that this airhead reporter's idea of a good headline about a woman being sexually harassed and stalked by leering police officers was "Is Rasmussen Too Hot..." on top of the "honey pot" crap. I mean wow.

TheMan
TheMan

"a face much younger than her 37 years"

Am I the only one that thinks she looks older than 37?

Bill Netter
Bill Netter

Good for her! Many cops today have gone way past what they are legally allowed to do, and there seems to be no one that can bust a crooked cop! I'm really glad that she's suing these lawbreakers! It's about time someone put a leash on these jerks! Cops are not supposed to look up anyone's information just because they feel like it! There is supposed to be a valid reason behind logging into someone's personal information! I hope she cleans up on this lawsuit, and I hope that all the police that read this story (and my comment) will hopefully get it through their thick skulls that, "They are not above the laws because they're cops!" They should not have any more rights than I do just because they're an officer of the law! I can't even trust most of the cops anymore! There are so many bad officers out there nowadays and they really ruin it for all the few good cops who treat people decently and not all cocky like a Nazi SS Officer!! I'm quite sure that quite a few cops who read this comment are gonna go straight to their database and look up my name! (hahaha) Hey, go for it! It will just prove that what I'm saying in my comment is true! We won't know if you did it, but you will, and that's all that matters! Then you'll know I'm right! Hey, I know it's a shitty job and it pays shitty money, but they knew all that when they decided to do that for a career. Unfortunately, the power goes to their heads after a short bit of time, and then they forget how to treat people! Maybe as more police start getting in trouble for abusing their power, eventually we will end up with some decent cops who play by all the rules and don't act and believe that they're gods! Just remember these old BS sayings, "You work for us! The taxpayer's pay your salaries! Start treating the public with more respect if you want respect!" BTW, I'm the Bill Netter in Michigan. That will help narrow down your illegal search! (grin)

arizonabay2
arizonabay2

Maybe she slept with every officer she could get her hands on and they started comparing notes. She's not that hot.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

i 've known a few gals called Bubbles and it didn't have anything to do with personality. women cops = whackos

Slam1263
Slam1263

I was going to say she's too short, but nice Bikini.

Too bad you can longer work, but I guess the taxpayers don't mind paying for the physical training required for competition.

Abcd
Abcd

Not hot, period. Problem solved.

lemanski50
lemanski50

 @Auggie61 she can prance around at a body building competition but is sick over people looking at her license? C'Mon this is BS

mykonos676
mykonos676

@Joe Mama @Joe Mama Wow! Talking about blaming the victim. I see misogyny, male entitlement, and whore virgin complex are alive and well in America. Your excuse that she is a womyn wo is attractive, thus you can't help but sexually harass.her is the same victim blaming mentality use to justify rapists who rape by blaming the girls looks, what she wore for why she got attacked. I got sexually assaulted by a neighbor and it started with sexual harassment and I am one of the most masculine looking womyn around, boyish almost dyke. I think it is hideous and very Rapist of you to blame her for why she got atacked, which is what it is: an attack of gender based violence against her cause she is femail! Rape, sexual harassment are all about POWER not attractiveness and I pray one day that some big gay man, bigger than you, eiter rapes or sexually harasses you relentlessly or many of them do to you what was done.to this.lady so you can get an idea lf the fear and violence and threats womyn face on a daily basis when dealing with men!

Joe Mama
Joe Mama

Google her name and check out her bodybuilding bikini pics and let us know if you feel the same when then...

Robin MissmewiddaBs Hairs
Robin MissmewiddaBs Hairs

what part of INJURIES do you not understand?Rasmusson served on the Eden Prairie police force from 1996 to 1999, when she was injured in the line of duty.

In 2001, she became an officer in St. Paul. Two years later, she was diagnosed with nerve damage and an unstable pelvis related to the earlier injury, the suit said. She was granted a full medical retirement in December 2003.

pathetic is what you are. no wonder your husband has a girlfriend..

MadMac
MadMac

The only reason this is news is a) it's a white girl b) she is/was a cop. No one else' rights really matter, right?

ActaNonVerba
ActaNonVerba

As a former Marine who witnessed females in a traditionally male occupation, all I can tell you is, it's not good. Reduced standards, using sexuality for preferential treatment, male superiors afraid to hold them accountable for fear of sexual harassment complaints, using their kids to get out of obligations, getting pregnant intentionally to avoid deployment. It's pretty bad. For the record, I welcome women in any occupation and many are awesome in these types of jobs, but there's a lot of work that needs to be done.

Enlightened
Enlightened

Well Reason...I guess you're another one without enough brain power to get it!

Chrigid
Chrigid

So you're saying, Gordon, that all women have to spend all their energy protecting themselves from men? Women are fair game if they're fat, if they're skinny, if they're pretty, if they're not so pretty--and those who are photographed in bikinis because they are into body sculpting are just asking for it, because men are...what?

Stevej
Stevej

She was obviously interviewed for the article and knew these pictures would be posted. The publicity for her case is a good thing, and may help stop the actions of crooked cops.

 avman
avman

Yeah right....work on this (grabbing crotch) asswipe!

ml66uk
ml66uk

She looks a lot younger than 37 to me.

t-rex
t-rex

Doing a completely legal search: here is your information, Bill.

Your twitter handle is @BillNetter. You wrote on Linkedin that your job is "Retired (Medical) - CIDP - Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy at HomeHome at Retired (Medical)". You are interested in "Asian Women, Women," You have a tatoo of a woman's head on your left pec. (Google+). You give your birthday on Yahoo as: 21 May, 1959.

These are the e-mails you list on Yahoo:

E-MAILemailbillnetter@yahoo.comE-MAILbillnetter@gmail.comWEBSITE http://www.FaceBook.com/billne...WEBSITE http://www.MySpace.com/billnet...WEBSITE http://www.YouTube.com/billnet...WEBSITE http://www.google.com/profiles...

I wouldn't be worried about people doing illegal searches on you. I'd be more worried about what you put out there on yourself.

ml66uk
ml66uk

Do you have any evidence for this unsavoury (and libellous) suggestion? If not, then why did you post it?

Even if it were true, which I seriously doubt, that doesn't entitle police to access her driving license records.

And yes, she is hot.

 
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