Wiregrass Newsroom: DPD Employee pleads guilty to felony charges

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Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - Attorney General Troy King and Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska announced the conviction of a former employee of the Dothan Police Department for misusing confidential law enforcement information. Sherri Lynn Carroll, 35, pleaded guilty in Houston County Circuit Court to five felony counts.

The Attorney General's Office and the District Attorney's Office presented evidence to a Houston County grand jury, resulting in the charges against Caroll.   

Carroll admitted to charges that she willfully obtained or sought to obtain criminal records through the Law Enforcement Tactical System (LETS), under false pretenses that it was for an official law enforcement or criminal justice purpose, in violation of Section 41-9-601. For each of the five counts, she was sentenced to five years, to run concurrently (at the same time), and ordered to pay a total of $3,000 to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission. A hearing is set for February 13, 2009, regarding her application for probation.

"Those who misuse confidential criminal information must be held to account and punished for their crime," said Attorney General King. "The LETS program is an invaluable tool for law enforcement, and the information this system contains is protected by law. 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 essential that we maintain the integrity of this vital system to protect the citizens of Alabama."

The case was investigated by agents of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center and was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Bill Lisenby, chief of the Attorney General's Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division, and District Attorney Doug Valeska. Attorney General King and District Attorney Valeska thanked Dothan Police Chief John Powell and Lieutenant Ray Owens for their assistance in the investigation of this case.