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Reinsberg used his personal cell phone to gain access to county law enforcement databases and web resources to search for and find the woman's home address. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5, file) Reinsberg used his personal cell phone to gain access to county law enforcement databases and web resources to search for and find the woman's home address. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5, file)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - In a Shelby County Courtroom on Saturday, former Memphis police officer Aaron Reinsberg was not only convicted of raping a Rhodes student, but he was also convicted of official misconduct.

Authorities say former MPD officer Aaron Reinsberg, who was convicted of two counts of rape, two counts of official misconduct and one count of assault, went to great lengths to track down his victim.

The crime happened in January 2013 when Reinsberg was working the entertainment district in downtown Memphis. According to a police affidavit, Reinsberg and the victim exchanged numbers on Beale street. Then he used his personal cell phone to access the county law enforcement database and find her address. When he arrived at the home a roommate let him in and left him alone in the bedroom with the victim.

After a jury convicted Reinsberg of rape Saturday morning, neighbors say he should pay the time for doing the crime.

"I was excited about it. I'm glad to get him off the street. I personally think anybody that does a crime like that shouldn't even get patrol. They should be in for the rest of their life," said Mitchell McCook.

The next day police lined the street of the crime scene.

"There were probably about 10 cars and then there was a crime scene investigation van," said Joe Calhoun.

Back then, Reinsberg was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Almost a year and a half later he was convicted of the crime.

Now, neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief and hope justice is served

Reinsberg could face up to 30 years in prison for the crime, and will be sentenced in August.

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