GBI: 911 supervisor accessed crime files for personal use

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A supervisor at a North Georgia 911 center was arrested and accused of accessing criminal files for personal use, authorities said.

Stormie Watkins, 52, of Cartersville, was arrested Monday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and charged with three counts of computer invasion of privacy, news outlets reported.

The GBI said Watkins was a supervisor at a 911 call center in Bartow County.

Her position allowed her to access Georgia Crime Information Center files only for legitimate purposes, GBI spokesman Brian Johnston said. The Crime Information Center manages a statewide database of crime files.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office investigators discovered Watkins was accessing the files without authorization, Johnston said. The department contacted the GBI, who later performed their own investigation.

The GBI said Watkins abused her authority by accessing the files for personal reasons, which violates Georgia law.

It’s unclear whether Watkins had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.