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Former De Pere school district worker charged with computer breach


DE PERE, WI (WTAQ) - A former IT worker for the De Pere School District is facing felony charges after he gained access to the district’s secured computer system and deleted most of this past school year’s data and information. 

30-year-old Jared Carlson worked for the district for nearly 10 years until he resigned in January.

He used a current district employee’s username and password to gain access to his own personal data.

“Mr. Carlson had a pending Social Security claim, a worker’s comp claim, he believed the information was not being turned over by De Pere in the format that he wanted it” Brown County District Attorney David Lasee.

De Pere Police Detective Thomas Schrank says the district lost data entered from September of 2012 up until Carlson allegedly hit the delete button on April 29th, 2013. 

“He went into the system, he was disgruntled, he said he wanted to delete the system and he shut the network down” said Schrank.

Carlson is charged with five felony computer crimes and one misdemeanor charge. He could face more then 30-years in prison if convicted of all charges.