Blue Earth County probation officer demoted, suspended for accessing data

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A day that was supposed to be a springboard into adulthood for Chelsea Ward ended with a flop when a man she trusted used his position with Blue Earth County to unveil something from her past. Full Story
DizzyOne

Buford, GA

#1 Feb 17, 2011
Should have been canned. Those records are sealed for a reason. He knew it and decided the rules didn't apply to him. The guy can't be trusted.
charlie sheen

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Feb 17, 2011
i would say fire his @ss!
The Analyst

Park Forest, IL

#3 Feb 17, 2011
This happens all the time.

These types of government employees are exempt from lawsuits.

They can abuse their power with virtually no repercussions.
JMM

New Ulm, MN

#4 Feb 17, 2011
If you had THIS option of checking up on a potential tenant that would be renting your home (an asset and an expense) that you wanted to be certain is in good hands, would you do it? I think some people would without thinking twice. Granted it would be a better idea to just ask for more references and base your decision on their credibility. However, his act was unethical according to juvenile record procedure. He should have done his homework and I think he would have gotten the answers in a legitimate way with a little legwork. Firing him for this??? I think he misused his position enough to warrant that action.
Advice

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Feb 17, 2011
Hey JMM, I do have the option to look at sensitive and private information all the time and I don't. Remeber, ethics isn't what you do when others are looking -- it's what you do when other's aren't looking.

I hope you never hold a position of importance in this society.
Public data private gain

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 17, 2011
Here is what happens, privacy data gathered by the government is use for private gain.

Or sold by a $10 per hour clerk and poof! not private anymore. Or used by the "health insurance" industry to extort higher payments, etc.

Big Brother, big bother.
Who Cares

New Ulm, MN

#8 Feb 17, 2011
Advice wrote:
Hey JMM, I do have the option to look at sensitive and private information all the time and I don't. Remeber, ethics isn't what you do when others are looking -- it's what you do when other's aren't looking.
I hope you never hold a position of importance in this society.
Did you even read what I said? It's human nature for many people, even good people. It happens all the time. He was an example of this. I DO NOT agree with doing anything of the sort under any circumstances for personal reasons. He could have accomplished the same thing with a little legitimate research outside of his place of employment. I donít know what secluded bubble in society you live in but this stuff happens a lot and it doesnít make the news.
Jonny on the Spot

Mankato, MN

#9 Feb 17, 2011
Hey, he didn't want this girl who obviously disregards driving rules to rent his place. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt! I don't blame the guy, she sounds like a menace to society! Don't do the crime if you can't do the time man!

Safety first! Buckle up! Then rent an apartment.

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