Joe Arpaio's Former IT Boss Charged With Computer Tampering
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|An extraordinarily old computer.|
Former MCSO Commander Bob Rampy, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's onetime IT boss, was indicted by a grand jury on 14 felony charges, related to computer tampering.
According to MCSO Lieutenant Brandon Jones, "The indictment alleged Rampy wrongfully released/accessed criminal history records, committed computer tampering on the Sheriff's Office information system and committed felony identity theft."
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Rampy's got some background, being Arpaio's former IT guy and all.
Back in March 2010, Rampy marched over to the county's IT department and tried to retrieve two years' worth of MCSO e-mails.
County officials didn't let him have the e-mails, and a judge ordered county staff to "protect, secure, and not destroy" the records, because they were subject to disclosure in a lawsuit you may have heard of -- the racial profiling lawsuit, Melendres v. Arpaio.
Wouldn't you know it, a bunch of racist MCSO e-mails eventually were revealed in the Melendres case.
After the march for e-mails, a couple of lawyers said Rampy was sitting outside the county's IT building, watching employees and lawyers in the least-incognito unmarked cop car ever, which has a bunch of radio/satellite gear on it.