By Matt Miller
Cumberland County Bureau
April 20, 2007
CARLISLE - Shawn L. Fitzgerald, a computer hacker who once caused a work
stoppage at Rite Aid Corp., disappeared 61/2 years ago after missing a
meeting with his probation officer.
North Middleton Twp. police heard rumors that he had fled to England
with a girlfriend he'd met online.
They also feared that Fitzgerald, whose wife, Susan, is serving a 13
1/2- to 28-year state prison term for the 1995 smothering death of her
2-year-old son, might have been the victim of foul play.
The mystery was solved this week: Police received a tip on their Web
site that Shawn Fitzgerald was in Liverpool, England.
Police were checking the tip yesterday when Fitzgerald, 42, formerly of
Marilyn Drive, phoned his Cumberland County probation officer and
offered to surrender, Lively said.
It was determined that his crimes don't merit a trans-Atlantic
According to court records, Shawn Fitzgerald was arrested by Lower Allen
Twp. police in 1999 on a charge of hacking into Rite Aid's computers
after being fired as a programmer for the company.
He pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a computer, and in late 1999 was
sentenced to 4 years of probation. An arrest warrant was issued in late
2000 when he left the area without telling his probation officer.
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