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Ex-Duke security expert faces more break-in charges

Posted May 7, 2011 3:43 p.m. EDT

— A former employee of the Duke University Police Department who was charged in a string of medical office burglaries last month faces additional charges, according to arrest warrants obtained Saturday.

Police charged Shawn Michael Flaugher, 36, of 51 Gray Ghost St. in Benson, with eight counts of felony breaking and entering, five counts of larceny, two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and communicating threats and one count of interfering with emergency communication.

In April, Cary police arrested Flaugher and charged him with 29 counts of breaking and entering in connection with burglaries at three medical facilities connected with Duke University between August and February. Two days later, Clayton police charged him in four break-ins last August.

Flaugher was formerly the manager of security systems for Duke police. He began working as a civilian employee of the department in February 2003 and left the department in March 2011. It was unclear whether he resigned or was fired.

On Nov. 19, police say Flaugher broke into several office suites in a medical building on Holly Springs Road in Holly Springs and burglarized an allergy clinic, orthodontist's office, chiropractor's office and foot care facility, according to warrants.

On Feb. 4, warrants state that Flaugher disabled the alarm system at a Durham dentist's office and broke in to the building. When police responded to the break-in in progress, warrants state, Flaugher threatened them with an unknown object and told them, "Put the gun down or we're going to die" and "Stay back or you're going to die."

Flaugher was being held Saturday at the Wake County jail on a $1,485,000 bond.

He also faces 15 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after videos and photos depicting children engaged in sex acts were found on a computer, police said in April.