AG Troy King Announces Conviction of Former Loxley Police Chief

By: Sanjanetta Barnes Email
By: Sanjanetta Barnes Email

Attorney General Troy King announced Wednesday the conviction of a former Loxley police chief for multiple crimes related to misuse and inappropriate access of confidential computer criminal records.

Clifford Bradley Yetter Jr., 64, of Loxley, pleaded and was sentenced in Baldwin County Circuit Court on July 30.

Yetter pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorized use of a computer to obtain criminal records of individuals through the Law Enforcement Tactical System (LETS) under false pretenses.

For these crimes, he was sentenced to two concurrent sentences of 12 months, which was suspended for a term of two years probation, and fined a total of $2,000 plus court costs and fees.

Yetter pleaded guilty also to nine counts of willfully obtaining or seeking to obtain criminal records through "LETS" under the false pretense that it was for official law enforcement purposes.

He was not sentenced at this time for these nine counts, but approved to enter a pretrial intervention program for a period of five years.

Defendants who successfully complete the requirements of a pretrial intervention program are not sentenced and a final order of their conviction for those crimes is not entered. However, if they do not adhere to the program’s terms, the conviction is entered and a sentence is imposed.

In addition, Yetter was made to surrender his Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOST) certification and agreed not to seek future law enforcement employment.

"When a police chief has violated the laws he was entrusted to enforce and protect, it is a serious matter," said Attorney General King.

"The LETS program is an invaluable tool for law enforcement, and the information this system contains is protected by law.

Access to this data is privileged and confidential, and it is a crime to use LETS for any purposes other than legitimate law enforcement or criminal justice purpose.

It is essential that we maintain the integrity of this vital system to protect the citizens of Alabama."

Yetter was arrested in April, 2008 along with Kay Wilson Hicks, the former Loxley municipal court clerk, who pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully obtaining or seeking to obtain criminal records under false pretenses from the LETS system on December 19, 2008.

The cases were investigated and arrests were made by agents of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, and prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Ben Baxley and James Rutter of the Attorney General King's Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division, and by former Deputy Attorney General Joseph Fitzpatrick.

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