Felony charge, bond reduced for Trageser

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By Shannon Brock

One of two charges against Lawrence S. Trageser was reduced Friday, along with the bond amount Trageser paid to be released from the Shelby County Detention Center.
Assistant County Attorney Leigh Erbe told Judge Linda Armstrong on Friday that the county was reducing the original charge of unlawful access to a computer, second degree, to attempt to unlawfully access a computer, second degree.
Trageser also faces a misdemeanor charge of harassment (no physical contact).
Trageser’s attorney, Bill Stewart, made the point that the change to an attempt charge did not indicate any rulings or findings by the court.
Armstrong said it is up to the prosecution to decide what the charge will be.
Stewart also had filed two motions to have Trageser’s bond reduced and returned to him.
Trageser paid $5,000 to be released after his first arrest and $1,500 to be released after his second arrest on the harassment charge.
Armstrong noted that Trageser had paid his bond before he could be interviewed at the detention center and agreed to release him on his own recognizance, with the conditions of the bonds still in effect.
Trageser does not have a prior arrest record.
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.”
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.
Trageser is scheduled for a hearing on both charges on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8:30 a.m. in Spencer County District Court.