Former Clinton cop pleads guilty to computer crime

Aug 26 2010 - 11:29pm


Former Clinton police officer Dean Livingston enters the 2nd District Court in Farmington on Thursday.
Former Clinton police officer Dean Livingston enters the 2nd District Court in Farmington on Thursday.

FARMINGTON -- A former Clinton police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of third-degree felony computer crime.

Dean Livingston appeared before Judge Thomas L. Kay Thurdsay in 2nd District Court. Clinton City Manager Dennis W. Cluff said Livingston started with the police department Oct. 27, 1992, and resigned Dec. 8, 2009, serving 17 years.

The third-degree felony charge carries a possible sentence of up to 5 years in Utah State Prison.

Kay scheduled a sentencing hearing on Oct. 7.

According to the court document, a computer crime is when a person "without authorization ... gains access to any computer, a computer network, computer property, computer system, computer program, computer data or software, and thereby obtains information without legal right ... or, in gaining access, the defendant breached or broke through a security system."

Court records say that in November 2009, Livingston "accessed confidential e-mail accounts, computer accounts and restricted computer data through the unauthorized use of a confidential login and password information."

Livingston resigned after an internal affairs investigation into an anonymous complaint that he drove an unmarked police vehicle to the home of a married woman with whom he was having an affair.

Clinton police turned the case over to the Davis County Attorney's Office to investigate.

Deputy Davis County Attorney David Cole said he could not comment on the details of the case until after it is resolved.

In March, the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council put Livingston on a three-year suspension. POST investigators said Livingston lied during the internal affairs investigation into the complaint.

He admitted to driving the police car, but maintained it was a friendship, not an affair, even though later he said the two kissed but did nothing else.

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