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Attorney General Announces Arrest of Former State Conservation Officer

(MONTGOMERY)- Attorney General Troy King announced the arrest Thursday of a former state conservation officer who is charged with misusing confidential law enforcement information.  James Dingler, 32, of Jasper, a former employee of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, was arrested by an agent of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center and taken to the Walker County Jail.   

The Attorney General's Office presented evidence to a Walker County grand jury on August 29, resulting in a 12-count indictment* against Dingler.  Specifically, the indictment charges Dingler with:

  • Four counts of unauthorized use of a computer to obtain criminal records of individuals through the Law Enforcement Tactical System, which is the property of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, in violation of Code of Alabama Section 13A-8-102(a), a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $6,000.
  • Seven counts of obtaining criminal record information of LETS under false pretenses that it was for an official law enforcement or criminal justice purpose, in violation of Code of Alabama Section 41-9-601, a class C felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of between $5,000 and $10,000;
  • One count of communicating criminal record information of LETS under false pretenses that it was for an official law enforcement or criminal justice purpose, also a violation of Code of Alabama Section 41-9-601, a class C felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of between $5,000 and $10,000;

"The LETS system is an invaluable tool for law enforcement, and the information it contains is protected by law," said Attorney General King.

"Access to this data is privileged and confidential, and it is a crime to use LETS for any purpose other than a legitimate law enforcement or criminal justice purpose. 

It is vital that we maintain the honor and integrity of this vital data to protect the citizens of Alabama."

The case was investigated by Agent Robert D. Stuart of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Billingslea of Attorney General King's Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division. 

Attorney General King also thanked Chief Kevin Dodd of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division for his assistance with the investigation.   

Information Courtesy of the Attorney General's office. 

*Note: An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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