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Clark County

September 5, 2013

Clark County courthouse employee formally charged

Woman believed to have posted confidential information on Facebook

JEFFERSONVILLE —  An employee of the Clark County Government Building appeared for a hearing Thursday in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 after being charged earlier in the week.

Destiny Share Bratcher, 20, Jeffersonville, has been accused of unlawfully accessing nonpublic, confidential and password-protected information on a computer in the government building and posting that content on Facebook. The information is related to a confidential informant working with the Charlestown Police Department.

Bratcher was arrested by the Charlestown Police Department on Aug. 14, and was later released on her own recognizance seven minutes after being booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

She was officially charged Tuesday with computer trespass, a class A misdemeanor, and unlawful disclosure of confidential information, a class A infraction.

Bratcher was additionally charged with two counts class B misdemeanor false informing. The charges stem from allegations that Bratcher lied to police about sharing information with two people pertaining to the informant.

The CPD has claimed Bratcher put the informant’s life in danger by posting the 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] advised that people are now threatening to kill her and she is ‘scared to go home,’” according to the police report.

Bratcher waited in the gallery area of the court with her grandmother, Clark County Clerk Barbara Bratcher Haas, as Judge Joe Weber prepared to address her case.

Bratcher remains on paid administrative leave from her position as mailroom clerk and switchboard operator.

She was placed on leave the day of her arrest, said Jake Elder, the attorney for Clark County.

Elder said the Clark County Commissioners will make a determination on Bratcher’s employment at their upcoming meeting Sept. 12.

During the short hearing, Bratcher was represented by Jeffersonville attorney, and Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 judge candidate, Andrew Adams.

During the hearing, a not guilty plea was entered and a pretrial conference was scheduled for Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

After the hearing, Adams explained that during the pretrial conference, only a representative of the Clark County Prosecutor’s office, himself and Bratcher will meet in the closed-door meeting.

Adams said he is unsure 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.

He said he does not expect the case to reach trial.

Adams said he is currently waiting to review the recording of Bratcher’s interview with Charlestown police conducted prior to her arrest.

According to the police report, during the interview, Bratcher admitted to accessing the nonpublic computer system to look up information on the informant.

Adams said he wants to review the recording because Bratcher has told him the police misrepresented her statements in the report, and she did not make the seemingly incriminating remarks.

 

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