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Jan. 6 trial set for sheriff's former programmer

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Robert Rampy (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's office) Robert Rampy (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's office)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A Jan. 6 trial has been set for the former top computer programmer for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on charges that he hacked into the agency's computers and illegally accessed a police database after he resigned to pursue another job.

Robert Rampy is accused of using log-on information belonging to a current sheriff's employee and a county-owned laptop to access the agency's computers after he resigned in September 2012.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of identity theft, computer tampering and unauthorized release or access to criminal history records.

MCSO said Rampy worked in the technology division there from 2005 to 2012.

The alleged wrongdoing occurred between Sept. 3, 2012 and Jan. 10, 2013 and took place after Rampy resigned from the sheriff's office and applied to be director of the county-wide Integrated Criminal Justice Information System, a position he was not selected to fill, MCSO said.  

The allegations of computer hacking and criminal history abuses closely followed his unsuccessful job bid, the sheriff's office said. 

The data system tampering that Rampy allegedly committed was discovered by the Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Criminal Investigations Section. There was no interruption or damage to the law enforcement information network, MCSO said. 

Computer crime specialists from the sheriff's office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Sheriff Arpaio's Internal Affairs criminal investigations took part in the investigation.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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