Crime

Cuesta College employee charged in data breach; husband charged in drug case

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 »

UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday it has filed charges against Lacey and Chad Fowler.

Lacey Fowler has been charged with a felony count of improperly accessing computer data.

Chad Fowler has been charged with a felony count of possession of heroin for sale and possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on June 22.

Original story: The Cuesta College employee suspected in an electronic data breach that exposed private information of college staff was arrested Wednesday night and has since bailed out of San Luis Obispo County Jail.

San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham confirmed Thursday morning that Lacey Fowler, a human resources analyst at Cuesta College, was arrested by Cuesta College Campus Police in relation to the breach.

No charges have yet been filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Cuesta Police Chief Joe Arteaga could not immediately be reached for comment, but college administration confirmed this week that Fowler remains out on leave.

Last week, campus police and District Attorney's Office investigators executed a search warrant at Fowler’s Paso Robles home looking for evidence in the case but instead reportedly discovered about $27,000 in methamphetamine and heroin in a storage unit on the property.

Fowler’s husband, Chad Lee Fowler, 34, who also lives on the property, was arrested on suspicion of possession of the drugs with intent to sell.

He was booked into County Jail and remained in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, Chad Fowler was no longer listed as in custody.

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