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Warrant: Computer crimes search leads police to gun in UNC employee office

Posted November 19, 2012

— A former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill employee was fired last week after police found a 9-mm handgun in his campus office, authorities said Monday. 

Charles Hitlin, 42, was charged with felony possession of a gun on campus property. He is due in court in January.

Police searched Hitlin's office in Rosenau Hall after an undercover investigation led them to his computer.

According to a search warrant posted on the Daily Tar Heel website, an undercover officer was chatting with someone claiming to be Hitlin's wife, Amy Hitlin, also a UNC employee, about having sex with multiple partners, including a 12-year-old and 15-year-old boy. 

Investigators traced the chat back to Charles Hitlin's computer, according to the warrant.

Police said they plan to also search Amy Hitlin's office in University Career Services for the School of Public Health.

Charles Hitlin's attorney, Meredith Nicholson, said her client is a good person who is the victim of a spying government.

"Mr. Hitlin is not a predator, not a pedophile and not a pornographer," she said in a statement. "He is not a danger to his community."

Charles Hitlin was fired on Nov. 12, more than 11 years after he started at UNC. He worked as an information technology manager, and his annual salary was $91,705.


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  • aetius476 Nov 23, 2012

    does UNC not do ANY due diligence when they hire these folks for taxpayer salaries and benefits?

    Good grief, an IT manager? Packing heat in his desk and mixed up in kiddie porn. Guy looks like a drifter....

  • sarahsoandso Nov 21, 2012

    Neither this man nor his wife have been charged with ANYTHING other than possession of a firearm on school property. Y'all are ready to string these people like it's the thing to do and there's not even enough conclusive evidence to CHARGE them with any sex crimes! Shame on you!

  • nbspikeb1 Nov 21, 2012

    Stupidity cost him a 91K Job. What was he and his wife thinking????

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 21, 2012

    Liberal versus conservative, yada, yada, yada. With the Democrats in office my gun rights actually got better!

    To the issue, I believe we should be allowed to carry on school campuses. Or we should at least have the ability to drive on campus with firearms, like when dropping off in the carpool lane. Or be allowed the have the firearms secured in the car.

    I carry wherever I legally can. I follow the rules, which means sometimes my gun stays at home because I’m briefly on a school campus somewhere. That’s ridiculous. It’s also ridiculous that I can’t carry while eating a salad at Olive Garden.

    Time for NC to make some common sense adjustments to the gun laws.

  • SmokeWagon Nov 20, 2012

    ..."WHEW! How many people do you know have a 9/mm handgun in their office desk?..."

    You would probably be absolutely amazed.....!! I however, am not...CCW permit FBI background checks are taking 6-8+ weeks because of the huge backlog, and CCW classes are totally full....!!!!

  • superman Nov 20, 2012

    UNC is also having trouble with their housekeeping staff. Is Mr. Thorpe still there? Does he do anything?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 20, 2012

    found a 9-mm handgun in his campus office, sex with multiple partners, including a 12-year-old and 15-year-old boy. "Mr. Hitlin is not a predator, not a pedophile and not a pornographer

    WHEW! How many people do you know have a 9/mm handgun in their office desk? Not any I can assure you. If he is not a predator, pedophile, or pornographer, then why would he be discussing it at all? Glad they find out and arrested him. Hummmm they may even have saved a child from this monster.

  • Bartmeister Nov 20, 2012

    One last comment. The fact that I conceal carry some of the time, all of the time, or none of the time doesn't make me any more or less of a target for bad guys. The fact that I would open carry might make me a larger target for someone, who knows. Point is, yeah I would like my chances better in a hostile confrontation or defensive situation with my gun, but I'm not at more risk because I don't carry all of the time. Just because someone carries a gun doesn't ensure them of not getting killed or hurt. In fact I would say the majority of private citizens that conceal carry couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a shot if they had to. I was at an indoor range not too long ago, a guy 2 stalls down had a .45 cal pistol. At 20 feet he wasn't hitting the paper at all. 20 feet!!!! Too many think firing a pistol is like a hollywood movie, one shot, one kill. If you pull a gun, you better come out firing and hit something, preferably the bad guy with the other weapon.

  • Tarheel born Nov 20, 2012

    This story has the makings of a movie....a "duh" wife and the !d!ot husband. And the ending is "it wasn't my fault" it's my bosses fault for not catching me sooner and getting me some help.....go figure...good riddance.

  • esteryates69 Nov 20, 2012

    This man sound superfluous.