As you might have read in May of 2016, CCRA wrote an article on the Executive Director, Matthew Baumgartner, who experienced the unfortunate events of the criminal justice system. Fortunately for him, this is no longer an experience he must live through.
Director Baumgartner performed an investigation in 2014, to recover a stolen cellular device for a client, who had no success with law enforcement tracking the phone. During the course of the investigation, in order for Director Baumgartner to locate and recover the device, he did what any investigator would do and contacted the service provider for assistance. As per phone company policy, Director Baumgartner was required to complete a customer release of consent form, which authorized Director Baumgartner to receive the information on the phone. The request was honored and the device was found and returned to it’s rightful owner.
Unfortunately, the document stated “law enforcement”, which Director Baumgartner made aware to the service representative. The received answer to that issue was for Baumgartner to not edit the form or scratch out words, such as law enforcement, even though he suggested and recommended so. The document had been stored away in the proper filing cabinet once the investigation concluded.
Later in 2014, a firefighter supervisor with Director Baumgartner’s local volunteer fire department, observed Baumgartner’s CCRA email signature and was curious to know if the agency had violated any charitable rights. A request to search the property for financial records of guilt was honored, no violations were found, however, the form Baumgartner completed regarding the stolen cellular device was found and picked up as evidence.
It was at that moment that detectives made a decision to charge Director Baumgartner with impersonating a police officer. The case went to court, then to trial, however, the district attorney’s office was unable to find sufficient evidence to find him guilty, which resulted in a plea bargain of “Accelerated rehab disposition”, which stated “Do not violate laws or be arrested for 6 months and your charges will be erased.”
Towards the end of May 2016 and after many months of successful completion of the ARD, Baumgartner’s attorney submitted documentation to all departments involved in the investigation, that they are ordered by court decision to destroy and erase all evidence and documentation of Baumgartner.
Now, in August 2016, CCRA is pleased to announce that the Director’s criminal record has been completely expunged and all charges erased as of July 2016. The agency has since gone through renovations to prevent any possibilities of this from occurring again, for any of it’s members.