Sen. Norment to represent corrections director charged with invasion of privacy

WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

State Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3rd District)
State Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3rd District)

The invasion of privacy case against the current director of Colonial Community Corrections was continued a hearing at the Williamsburg-James City County District Court Friday morning.

According to District Court Judge Colleen Killilea, the case was continued after the defendant, Harold Diggs III, 51, changed defense attorneys. He will now be represented by Senator Tommy Norment (R-3rd District). Diggs was previously represented by Williamsburg Attorney Tom Turbeville.

Killilea added that since the senator will have to meet with the General Assembly over the coming months, the case will likely be continued until April. The case involves a special prosecutor from Henrico, which is another reason for the continuance.

Diggs is facing invasion of privacy charges after allegedly using a police database to look up information on a man he suspected was having an affair with his wife.

On July 28, Diggs, who was a part-time officer with the James City County Police Department at the time, called in to the James City County communications center and requested they look up the license plate number for the registered owner’s information, according to a criminal complaint filed in the general district court.

“It was later determined by Officer Diggs’ admission that the information requested was reference [sic] a personal domestic incident involving his wife,” the criminal complaint said.

“The license plate belong [sic] to a man Officer Diggs suspected was having an affair with his wife,” the criminal complaint continued.

The incident was investigated by the Virginia State Police, and Diggs was charged Oct. 19, court documents show.

Diggs is no longer employed as an on-call police officer with James City County, but according to the James City County staff directory, still serves as director of Colonial Community Corrections.

James City County Deputy Chief Steve Rubino said Diggs was hired as a police officer in 2002 and hired as the director of Colonial Community Corrections in August 2012.

Colonial Community Corrections is an organization that provides judicial alternatives to adult incarceration, transitional services and criminal justice planning to residents of James City, York, Charles City, New Kent and the Cities of Williamsburg and Poquoson.

Update 11:20 a.m.: According to updated online court records, the case has been continued to April 13 at 9:30 a.m. Both Turbeville and Norment are listed online as serving as attorneys for Diggs.