UPDATE: The former WYDOT employee initially charged with computer crimes and theft pleaded guilty to one count of crimes against computers and one count of theft -- both misdemeanors -- Nov. 17 in Albany County Circuit Court.

He was initially charged with two felonies: crimes against computer users and wrongful taking or disposing of property. Albany County District Court Judge Jeffrey Donnell granted a motion dismissing the first count on Oct. 20, and the second count was not bound over from Circuit Court.

He was sentenced to a total of 60 days suspended jail time. He will pay $800 in fines and serve a year of unsupervised probation, in addition to paying $159 in restitution to the state, according to court documents filed Nov. 17.

The charges have since been dropped.


Original Story:

A man who police say did not return state computer equipment after leaving his job at the Wyoming Department of Transportation is accused of breaching the department's database and keeping a copy of the confidential list of Wyoming Highway Patrol employees and their private information.

David J. Reilly, 53, is charged with one count of wrongful taking or disposing of property and one count of crimes against computer users. If convicted of both felony charges, he could face up to 13 years in prison and $13,000 in fines.

Reilly was arrested Aug. 25 after a lengthy police investigation that began Aug. 10, according to court documents.

The Manager of Field Services for the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services reportedly told an officer that Reilly resigned his position in May but did not turn in several pieces of equipment, and technicians recently noticed one of the missing pieces of equipment was logged onto the WYDOT database through a remote connection.

According to the police affidavit, Reilly was not authorized to access the database, and accessed it only after he left his job at WYDOT.

The remote connection allegedly showed the database was accessed from a location in Laramie on an unaccounted-for computer worth $889.49 that was assigned to Reilly during his time at WYDOT. Police used user information from the attached IP address, gained through a search warrant, to determine the computer was being used at Reilly's residence.

A search of Reilly's residence allegedly turned up equipment including two computers and two iPhones, worth over $3,300 in total.

Police reportedly found one computer up and running inside Reilly's garage with several computer accessories attached. Officers also noticed several items of exactly the same model and type currently used by WYDOT IT technical employees, according to court documents.

According to the affidavit, police also found a key ring that held keys used to access State of Wyoming buildings and fuel pumps exclusively for state vehicles, as well as two key cards used by WYDOT employees to enter state buildings.

Court documents say officers also found a confidential list of Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers across the state, along with their home addresses and phone numbers.

Some of the things police found were marked with WYDOT inventory tags but had not been reported missing, according to the affidavit.

Court documents say Reilly's boss specifically asked Reilly to return all equipment assigned to him, and Reilly allegedly said he did not have any equipment in his possession.

The state turned off Reilly's cell phone number after he left the job, as it was a work line reportedly given to Reilly along with the two iPhones. But less than four weeks later, the number was reactivated by someone who allegedly said they were a supervisor at the State of Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services and gave a specific name.

Court documents say Reilly admitted he was the one who reactivated the account, which has been paid for by the state since it was initially disconnected in May.