Crime

Warrant issued for Cuesta College employee's arrest

Lacey Fowler, 29, of Paso Robles was arrested Wednesday, June 17, 2015, on suspicion of accessing data from a computer network without permission. Original story »
Lacey Fowler, 29, of Paso Robles was arrested Wednesday, June 17, 2015, on suspicion of accessing data from a computer network without permission. Original story »

A Cuesta College employee facing a host of charges including illegally accessing sensitive personnel data in a May 31 data breach is now being sought by authorities after missing a court appearance.

Lacey Michelle Fowler, 29, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on a felony charge of illegally accessing data, as well as charges of possessing heroin and methamphetamine for sale.

But she was a no-show, prompting Judge H. Morgan Dougherty to issue an arrest warrant and set bail at $20,000, according to court records.

On Tuesday morning, Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said that he was unaware whether District Attorney’s Office investigators were actively searching for Fowler, but he said his office would pursue any leads on her whereabouts.

Jail logs did not list Fowler as in custody Tuesday afternoon.

Cuesta College police and District Attorney’s Office investigators searching Fowler’s Paso Robles home in connection with the data breach allegedly discovered an estimated $27,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin in a storage unit on the property.

Fowler’s husband, Chad Lee Fowler, 34, was arrested and has since been charged with felony counts of possessing the drugs for sale. Lacey Fowler was also later charged for possessing the drugs for sale on June 25.

According to the college, Lacey Fowler is an analyst with its human resources department.

Neither Lacey nor Chad Fowler have yet entered pleas in court.

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