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Clark County

August 21, 2013

Clark County courthouse employee arrested

Woman preliminarily charged for accessing confidential documents



“[The informant] advised that people are now threatening to kill her, and she is ‘scared to go home,’” according to the police report.

The informant said she had been told by an acquaintance of Bratcher that Bratcher had “ ... looked up [the informant’s case] and was telling people that she was ‘snitch’ for the Charlestown Police Department.”

The informant, at that time, did not know Bratcher’s identity, but told the detective she would try to find out more by speaking again with the woman who had already shared information with her.

According to the police report, Bratcher had been contacted and asked to provide information of the informant’s arrest and case.

Five days later, on Aug. 13, the informant, again, contacted the CPD detective, saying she was scared and it was very important her to meet with the detective. During the meeting, the informant told the detective she was continuing to receive threats and people were calling her a snitch. She was also able to identify the courthouse employee as Bratcher at that time.

The following day, the Charlestown detective scheduled a videotaped interview with Bratcher. She immediately denied knowing any informants, according to the police report, and said because she is no longer an employee of a Clark County Circuit court, she has no access to such records.

Bratcher initially told police that, upon request of acquaintances, she had gleaned information from the publicly accessible website, When the detective asked Bratcher if she had looked on the website, Odyssey, which requires a nonpublic log-in and is accessible by court and law enforcement officials, she replied she no longer has a password.

The detective asked the same question a second time, to which Bratcher responded, “ ... that she has seen it [the informant’s case] on there, but she did not look it up.” 

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