December 25, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday
that a city network engineer jailed for allegedly tampering with the
city's main computer network should stand trial on felony charges, an
investigator for the man's attorney said.
Terry Childs, 44, of Pittsburg, will be arraigned on the charges in
January, defense investigator Bob Holmes said. A trial date has not yet
Prosecutors could not immediately be reached for comment late today.
Childs was arrested and charged in July with four counts of computer
network tampering, as well as one count of causing losses of more than
$200,000, resulting from the tampering. If convicted he could face up to
seven years in prison. He remains in custody on $5 million bail.
After eight days of a preliminary hearing, featuring testimony from
computer forensics investigators and some of Childs' coworkers and
supervisors, Judge Paul Alvarado held Childs to answer on all the
charges, Holmes said.
Prosecutors have alleged that Childs rigged the city's FiberWAN network
-- which handles about 70 percent of the city's computer traffic -- with
his own passwords and had installed "traps" on the system that would
have caused a full system failure if power were to be shut down.
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