Paramedic denies computer trespass

A Whidbey General Hospital paramedic accused of burglarizing his ex-finance’s home and using hospital computers to trespass into her online accounts repudiates the allegations.

“He adamantly denies the charges,” said Coupeville attorney Charles Arndt, who is representing 38-year-old Bellingham resident Tracy Adams. “He is innocent as charged.”

Prosecutors recently amended a single count against Adams to include two counts of residential burglary and a count of computer trespass in the first degree. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said Adams may face additional counts of computer trespass, but prosecutors are awaiting further investigation into computer trespass instances.

Adams pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court June 16. The judge approved a domestic violence no-contact order barring him from within 200 feet of the alleged victim’s home, place of employment or her daughter’s day care.

Adams is out of jail on $10,000 bail. Judge Vickie Churchill originally found probable cause to hold him on 49 counts of computer trespass.

Arndt said he is working with a forensic computer expert to prove his client’s side of the story.

“The evidence they’ve shown me so far is pretty weak,” he said.

Adams is accused of using computers at the ambulance quarters, as well as a computer at a Bellingham residence, to hack into his ex-finance’s computer and e-mail account with the intention of harassing or stalking her, according to a report by Island County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Wallace.

According to the report, a North Whidbey woman reported that someone had burglarized her house. The only things missing were items Adams had given her, but someone had also messed with her computer, deleting many items.

Not long after, someone started accessing her private accounts without permission, deleting e-mail, blocking senders, changing passwords and re-activated her online dating profile.

Wallace obtained a number of search warrants for Internet services providers and traced the Internet account of the person who was electronically trespassing into the woman’s computer. The Internet protocol, or IP, addresses led him to Whidbey General ambulance quarters in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Freeland. The work schedules showed that Adams’ schedule corresponded with the times the accounts were used to trespass into the victim’s computer, Wallace wrote.

Adams is on administrative leave from the hospital.

You can reach Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynews or 675-6611.

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