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Ex-State Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Intercepting E-Mails

A former top attorney for the Ohio Department of Public Safety pleads guilty to three charges related to intercepting e-mails between state employees and investigators.

A former state lawyer fired for intercepting e-mails between Ohio public safety employees andinvestigators pleaded guilty on Friday to three misdemeanor counts of disclosing confidentialinformation.

Joshua Engel was essentially accused of spying on private e-mails, many of which dealt withsensitive state investigations, including one into a canceled sting at the Governor's Residence, 10Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

Engel received a 90-day jail sentence, which was suspended during Friday's courtproceedings.

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He was fined $750 for each charge, Aker reported.

Engel apologized in court for his actions.

"Obviously I'm embarrassed to be standing before you on this side of the courtroom," Engelsaid.  I've certainly learned a hard lesson for this and there are a number of people that Iwill have to apologize to for this."

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Engel has agreed to divulge any information he has aboutpotential crimes committed by other state officials, Aker reported.

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May 19, 2010: Public Safety Director 'Offended' By Report Into Canceled Sting
May 14, 2010: Subpoenas Out, Confirmation Hearings Will Focus On Whether Public Safety DirectorLied
May 13, 2010: Bill Introduced To Review Prisoner Work Program
May 11, 2010: Safety Director Denied Aborting Sting, Recordings Show
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April 29, 2010: Report: 'Political Embarrassment' Key Factor In Canceled Sting
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