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Clark County

September 13, 2013

Clark County employee fired in wake of charges

Woman accused of sharing sealed information on Facebook

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Clark County employee was fired Thursday after being charged last week on accusations of accessing confidential information on a government computer and sharing the content on Facebook.

Destiny Share Bratcher, 20, Portage Trail, Jeffersonville, a mailroom clerk and switchboard operator in the Clark County Government Building, has been charged in a Clark County court with computer trespass, a class A misdemeanor; unlawful disclosure of confidential information, a class A infraction; and two counts of class B misdemeanor false informing.

Her termination of employment followed a 2-1 vote Thursday by the Clark County Commissioners.

Commissioners Jack Coffman and Rick Stephenson each voted for Bratcher’s firing, while John Perkins voted to keep her on the county’s payroll.

Stephenson made the motion citing “breach of trust” and “security of office.” Perkins said “it should be clear that being accused does not mean convicted.”

Bratcher was placed on paid-administrative leave immediately upon her arrest by the Charlestown Police Department Aug. 14.

Her jail stint was a brief seven minutes, according to Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex officials, before she was released on her own recognizance.

Her charges stem from Charlestown police claiming that Bratcher unlawfully accessed sealed information pertaining to a confidential informant working with the department then shared that information on the social-networking website.

After the Facebook posts were made, the informant told police that known drug dealers in Charlestown were threatening her safety and calling her a “snitch.”

The informant told police she had received death threats and was scared to go home after Bratcher had spread the information.

Bratcher was interviewed by investigators at the Charlestown Police Department, immediately prior to her arrest, at which time she initially denied looking up the informant’s information on the computer, police reported.

Bratcher, a former part-time employee in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1, told police during the interview that since she was no longer an employee of the court she didn’t have access to the confidential records.

According to the same report, she later admitted, however,  “ ... that she has seen it [the informant’s case] on there, but she did not look it up.”

Bratcher is being represented by Jeffersonville attorney Andrew Adams, who previously said that his client has told him some of the comments in the police report attributed to her are misrepresented in the document.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

It is unclear what will take place during the meeting, but it is possible the charges could be dismissed, a plea could be offered or all parties could prepare for a jury trial.

— News and Tribune reporter Matt Koesters contributed to this report.

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