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Corrections director charged with using database to spy on wife’s suspected lover

James City County Police Department is offering a Citizens Police Academy at the Law Enforcement Center. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)
James City County Police Department (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

A former James City County on-call police officer and the current director of Colonial Community Corrections 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.

Harold Diggs III, 51, director of Colonial Community Corrections and a resident of Williamsburg, is charged with computer invasion of privacy, according to Williamsburg-James City County General District Court case records.

On July 28, Diggs, who was a part-time officer 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.

James City County Deputy Chief Steve Rubino confirmed that Diggs is no longer employed as an on-call police officer with James City County, but still serves as director of Colonial Community Corrections.

Diggs was hired as a police officer in 2002 and was hired as the director of Colonial Community Corrections in August 2012, Rubino said.

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.

James City County has served as the fiscal agent and project administrator for Colonial Community Corrections. Colonial Community Correction’s budget is included as a special revenue fund of James City County, and the other member localities provide local funding to support of administration, operations, and the Criminal Justice Planner position, Rubino said.

Colonial Community Corrections also serves as staff to the Criminal Justice Board.

A message left with Diggs’ attorney, Tom Turbeville, was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

Diggs is scheduled to appear in the Williamsburg-James City County District Court on Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

A special prosecutor from the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case, Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green said.

Fearing can be reached at 207-975-5459.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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