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January 30, 2014
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Luther Strange
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Alabama Attorney General
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
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(MONTGOMERY)– Attorney General Luther Strange announced the conviction
of former ACJIC Chief Agent Dennis Bodine for improperly accessing confidential law
enforcement information. On Monday, Bodine, 63, of Foley pleaded guilty in Baldwin
County Circuit Court to one count of obtaining criminal offender record information
under false pretenses, an unclassified felony, related to his unauthorized use of the Law
Enforcement Tactical System (“LETS”) after he was no longer employed with the
Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.
“This case is a sad example of someone misusing an important law enforcement
investigative tool, but luckily, state agents caught it quickly,” said Attorney General
Strange. “Our message to all is that the people of this state can rest assured that we will
aggressively prosecute those who violate the privacy of Alabama citizens by misusing
confidential law enforcement information.”
The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center referred this case to the
Attorney General’s Office after discovering the possible LETS misuse by a former
employee. The State’s evidence against Bodine included documents and testimony
showing that he used what he believed to be an unmonitored web portal to gain access
to LETS to obtain the criminal records of numerous individuals.
As per the plea agreement, Bodine pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining
criminal offender record information under false pretenses, an unclassified felony, and
was sentenced to six months imprisonment, which was suspended for 6 months of
probation. Bodine also agreed to pay a $5,000 fine within 10 days, as well as court costs
and $50 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund.
The Attorney General commended Assistant Attorneys General Pete Smyczek
and Bill Lisenby of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division, Litigation
Support Paralegal Lucie Welch of his Executive Division, and Special Agents from his
Investigations Division, for their successful handling of this case.
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