Ex-DNR Employee Gets Probation in Data Breach

Created: 04/14/2014 7:46 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

A former state employee accused of looking up private driver's license data on thousands of people while he worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been sentenced to two years probation.
Forty-nine-year-old John Hunt of Woodbury entered an Alford plea in February in Ramsey County to misconduct of a public officer, unauthorized computer access and unlawful use of private data. Hunt's plea means he maintains his innocence but concedes there is likely enough evidence to find him guilty.
Hunt's attorney Fred Bruno confirms, if Hunt successfully completes probation, the convictions will be dismissed.
His attorney, Fred Bruno, says Hunt is handling it well. Bruno calls Monday's sentence "the right result."
Judge Leonardo Castro ordered Hunt to pay $1,000, to undergo mental health therapy and to remain law abiding.

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