SALT LAKE CITY — A state employee accused of illegally getting into his co-worker’s computer, changing her Facebook password and reading her messages has been charged with a felony.

Eric Brian Thompson, 42, of Farmington, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with computer fraud, a third-degree felony.

In May of 2016, Thompson was an employee of the state of Utah, according to charging documents. The charges do not say what agency he worked with.

A female co-worker “voiced her frustration” with Thompson to another co-worker using Google Chat, court documents state.

When the woman left work, “she was careful to lock her computer and turn off her wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and her monitors so she wouldn’t lose any work,” the charges state.

Later that night, Thompson texted the woman “asking her why she and another employee were against him,” according to the charges.

The woman called Thompson who “berated her on the phone and told her she left her computer unlocked so he went through her texts and instant messages,” the charges state. About a week later, “Thompson accessed her Facebook account without her permission and changed her password.”

The Utah State Bureau of Investigations conducted an investigation and determined “Thompson gained unauthorized access to (her) work computer” including her Facebook account, instant messages and saved passwords, according to charging documents.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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