Attorney requests Trageser’s personal, business property be returned

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Family photos, tax returns have nothing to do with charges Trageser faces, Stewart says

By Shannon Brock

Personal property like family photos and business property such as tax returns are among the items taken from the home of Lawrence Trageser the night he was arrested for allegedly “infiltrating” the county’s computer network.
These items, Trageser’s attorney Bill Stewart claims, have nothing to do with the charges Trageser is facing, and thus, Stewart filed a motion in Spencer County District Court on Friday to have those items returned to his client.
According to an arrest warrant, which was executed along with a search warrant for Trageser’s home on Oct. 10, Detective Sgt. Tony Mattingly, of the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, said that on Oct. 8, Trageser “unlawfully: without the effective consent of the owner, knowing and willfully accessed the Spencer County government network which resulted in the loss of $300 or more. Affiant [Mattingly] states that the defendant posted on Spencercowatchdog.com that he had ‘infiltrated the counties computer network and successfully retrieved’ documents from the Spencer County Clerk, Lynn Hesselbrock’s office.”
This charge was amended to attempt to unlawfully access a computer, second degree, during a court appearance last month.
According to a second arrest warrant, Trageser faces a charge of harassment against Jonathan Bentley, who is employed as the chief deputy at the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Todd Tinsley executed the warrant Oct. 15. The harassment charge stems from a document posted on the above website that included Bentley’s date of birth and social security number.
None of the items Stewart is requesting be returned to Trageser appear to be objectionable, Judge Linda Armstrong said Friday.
Still, the prosecutors were allowed a couple of weeks to review the requests and the matter will be brought back before the court on Friday, Dec. 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Trageser looks to be headed to trial as Stewart asked questions Friday regarding the next juries to be selected.
Armstrong said a jury will be seated in January and another won’t be seated until June or July.