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FIRST ON 3: Former NHC Deputy charged with illegally accessing computer; Still employed in NHC IT Dept.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -— Charles Graham Smith Jr., a former deputy in Wake County and New Hanover County, was arrested Monday on charges that he illegally accessed a government database.

The State Bureau of Investigation charged Smith, 31, of 3609 Tristam Place in Wilmington, with accessing government computers. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

According to the arrest warrant viewed by WRAL-TV in Raleigh, Smith "did access (a crime database) to print (state Division of Motor Vehicles) information on another for purpose of obtaining access to a nightclub."

The SBI says it opened the case at the request of the New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon on May 10.

Smith worked as a Wake County deputy from June 2003 to May 2005. He worked as a New Hanover County deputy from December 2007 until June, when he was demoted, then resigned his position amid an internal investigation.

WWAY has learned Smith transferred to New Hanover County Government to work in its IT Department. A New Hanover County spokesman said he believes as of tonight Smith is still employed.


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