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Former High-Tech Crimes head charged with computer crimes

 Posted: 11:15 AM April 11, 2014

The former Central Point police lieutenant who headed the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force faces official misconduct and computer-crime charges alleging he knowingly altered or damaged police computers or software in 2012.

Josh Moulin was arraigned on one felony and one misdemeanor computer crime charge and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct this morning in Jackson County Circuit Court. (Correction: The charges have been clarified in this story.)

He was indicted secretly on the charges in February by a Jackson County grand jury after an Oregon Department of Justice review of the Oregon State Police investigation.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Kelly Ravassipour ordered that Moulin, 35, post $20,000 bail by 3 p.m. today or be lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

His next court date was set for May 12, court records show.

In an email this week to the Mail Tribune, Moulin denied intentionally committing any wrongdoing and planned to "vigorously defend" himself against the charges.

"All three charges stem from a single misunderstanding concerning how I was supposed to hand over department equipment after being placed on leave," Moulin said.

Moulin could not be located this morning for comment. This morning's court records did not show an attorney representing him.

The indictment alleges Moulin knowingly altered, damaged or destroyed computers or software on May 16, 2012.

Moulin resigned from the task force and the police department Aug. 1, 2012. He said he was placed on "non-disciplinary paid administrative leave" in May 2012.

— Mark Freeman


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