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Ex-deputy charged with illegally accessing computer

Posted July 27, 2010

— A former deputy in Wake County and New Hanover County was arrested Monday on charges that he illegally accessed a government database.

The State Bureau of Investigation charged Charles Graham Smith Jr., 31, of 3609 Tristam Place in Wilmington, with accessing government computers. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

According to the arrest warrant, Smith "did access (a crime database) to print (state Division of Motor Vehicles) information on another for purpose of obtaining access to a nightclub."

Smith worked as a Wake County deputy from June 2003 to May 2005. He worked as a New Hanover County deputy from December 2007 until June, when he resigned his position amid an internal investigation.

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  • john283594 Jul 28, 9:29 a.m.

    "No one understands what he is saying or that is what I think he is saying"

    Say wut? :P

  • leo-nc Jul 28, 8:51 a.m.

    Just getting to "work" Journey? LOL

  • rroutput Jul 28, 8:48 a.m.

    What is meant here by "obtaining access to a nightclub"?

    Most people just show their drivers license and pay the five dollar cover charge when they want access to a nightclub.

    Why does it seem like there's something missing from this story?

  • Journey985 Jul 28, 8:35 a.m.

    And the hits just keeeeep on coming!!!!! Yet another fine, outstanding model LEO. With people like him protecting us I do believe I am safer with my Smith & Wesson and Glock.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Jul 28, 8:15 a.m.

    Umm, rebelyell, please stay off my jury. "Is there even a crime here? Sounds like the guy might be doing something good." Uh, yeah. I think there's a crime here. They don't charge people with non-crimes. That's sort of part of the arrest and charging process. You determine that what you allege is against the law, then you determine that you have evidence of the violation, then you arrest and charge. He may be innocent, but what the officials allege is indeed a crime. If you think it is ok for former LE officers to break into LE computers because the MIGHT be doing some good with what they steal, then you really need some education.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 27, 6:00 p.m.

    I think what Rebelyell is saying does have truth to it. No one understands what he is saying or that is what I think he is saying, the part where he says something about the lack of security. It does make sense. There is a lot of questions to ask. How did he get access to this information? Where did he access this information? Did he give any information to anyone? There are lots of questions. I really do believe that the government needs to make sure that there systems are up to date in the security area. I can agree fully with that. And just one person can't keep a whole computer in there head. There is a lot to a computer. I mean a lot. Computers update everyday so there is more that you have to remember.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 27, 5:53 p.m.

    There is a very big problem I will agree. I am worried myself. This is a crime, & can become a large one. My question is the thing about the night club. Did he access from there? Did he accesses it for them? Or what is the thing about the Night club. That has got me confused.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 27, 5:49 p.m.

    Rebelyell That is funny. I just worry that he could have gave out regular people's information out. Like social information, & different things like that. That is funny. what you said.

  • smalldogsrule Jul 27, 5:40 p.m.

    And BTW Rebelyell, there is a WHOLE LOT MORE INFORMATION that we can access about people than just those things the bad guys need to worry about. So yeah, I see a VERY big problem here.

  • smalldogsrule Jul 27, 5:39 p.m.

    Because--there seems to be no real crime, and just printing out some of the state info, only the guilty need to be worried about that.

    UHHHH! WHAT?

    First, you have to be CERTIFIED by the SBI to access those data bases,second, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ACCESS THOSE DATA BASES FOR PERSONAL REASONS.

    As a matter of fact, we are taught in the class (And it is enforced here at HCSO) that if you run checks on someone with the same last name, you have to report to the system manager wheather or not it was a family member and why you ran the check.

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