Let me take you back to June 2010. Jacqueline Hankle, a 57-year-old from Averill Park was charged with computer trespass, a felony, and official misconduct. She was a longtime Division of Criminal Justice employee. State Police arrested Hankle. She is accused of using the state fingerprint system, which includes criminal history and other confidential information, to gain information for her nephew in his custody battle. Hankle’s nephew won a custody battle in 2004 with the aid of information about her history obtained illegally by Hankles
According to the AG’s office, Hankle looked up her nephew’s ex-wife more than 90 times during the couple’s custody battle. Hankle was arrested and released pending a Guilderland Town Court appearance.
She told the Inspector General that she accessed DCJS databases “for the safety of her niece” and looked up co-workers “only to learn their birthdays” so she could arrange office parties.
Inspector General Fisch forwarded his report to the Albany County District Attorney’s office and also recommended that DCJS take disciplinary action against Hankle for violating the agency’s Security of Information Policy. Hankle was suspended from DCJS without pay in May.
In their final report the Division of Criminal Justice Services wrote
"On June 2, 2010, Hankle was arrested by the Inspector General’s Office and State Police on charges of Computer Trespass and Official Misconduct. The Albany County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. DCJS suspended Hankle without pay on May 7, 2010, upon being advised of the Inspector General’s findings.
DCJS advised the Inspector General that it is “fully committed to ensuring the integrity of the criminal history files under its stewardship and has repeatedly made clear to staff that improper use of those materials will result in disciplinary and possible criminal action.” DCJS noted that its employees must sign a form acknowledging they have been provided with a copy of the agency’s confidentiality policy, and understand that policy. Additionally, DCJS stated it provides training initiatives for staff on the proper access and use of confidential data, and has restricted access to the data to employees with a legitimate and law enforcement/criminal justice need. According to DCJS, employees’ ability to access data is often reviewed.
DCJS further stated that it “seeks to prevent any and all security breaches involving the criminal history data repository. In those unfortunate instances where, despite the agency’s best efforts, a breach does occur, DCJS has, and will continue to, immediately take action, including notifying the Inspector General, and/or other appropriate authorities – as it did in this matter.”"
So what did Albany County District Attorney’s office do? Nothing that I can find. To the best of my knowledge she was never prosecuted and the case seemed to slip through the cracks Of David Soares office.
Till next time, live from Albany Good day.