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Case dismissed against former JCC police officer accused of using police database to spy on wife

James City County Law Enforcement Center (file photo/WYDaily)
James City County Law Enforcement Center (file photo/WYDaily)

An invasion of privacy case against a former James City County police officer has been dismissed.

On Thursday, a charge of computer invasion of privacy was dismissed against Harold Diggs III, 52, as part of a deferred disposition from last year, according to online court records.

Diggs, the current director of Colonial Community Corrections, was accused of using a police database in July 2016 to look up the license plate of a man he suspected was having an affair with his wife, according to court records.

In an April 13, 2017, hearing in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court, Diggs stipulated the case’s evidence would be enough to convict him, but Judge Tyneka Flythe agreed to withhold a disposition until April 12, 2018.

The case had been continued several times since its original hearing date on April 12 but was finalized Thursday.

Neither Diggs nor his lawyer, state Sen. Tommy Norment, were required to appear in person for the hearing.

The case required a special prosecutor from Henrico County and a substitute judge.

On July 28, 2016, Diggs, who was a part-time officer with the James City County Police Department at the time, was accused of calling the James City County communications center and requesting information about the owner of a license plate.

Investigators believed the license plate belonged to a man Diggs thought was having an affair with his wife.

James City County Police 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.

In November 2016, Rubino told WYDaily that Diggs no longer worked as a police officer with the county.

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

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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