Sheriff's deputy who emailed co-workers personal data identified

benw@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 25, 2013 

A Muscogee County sheriff’s deputy who emailed personal information of female co-workers using bullet proof vests has been identified.

Cpl. Keith Hamilton, the quartermaster in charge of supplies for the Sheriff’s Office, was given a written reprimand on Oct. 15, the same day the email went out to alert female deputies about a potential defect in Point Blank body armor. Instead of redacting sensitive information on 15 to 20 affected employees, the deputy sent out an email from the manufacturer and an attachment to not only the women, but also throughout the department. The document contained the deputies’ names, serial number of the vests and physical characteristics including height, weight, chest and bra cup sizes.

In the reprimand from his supervisor, Commander Dane Collins said, “This information included their weight, chest measurements, etc. Corporal Hamilton understands that his failure to redact this information from the file prior to sending it was a mistake that caused several employees undue embarrassment.”

Sheriff John Darr has said releasing the information was a mistake in the deputy’s haste to get the information out to the female employees. Measures have been put in place to make sure that such a release doesn’t happen again.

Hamilton apologized to the women affected. “Corporal Hamilton displayed sincere regret when we discussed this issue,” Collins wrote in the reprimand. “I am confident that he understands the importance of keeping potentially sensitive information as private as possible and that similar oversight of this nature will not occur in the future.”

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