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RNC employee gets absolute discharge for accessing private information

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

With glowing character references, including one from her boss, a civilian RNC employee received a lenient sentence for accessing private information.

Tammy Brinson got an absolute discharge in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday after entering a guilty plea.

Brinson, who has worked at the RNC as an administrator for more than 20 years, was represented by lawyer John Brooks.

Brooks and Crown prosecutor Arnold Hussey agreed on the absolute discharge — meaning while Brinson has been found guilty, she won’t have a criminal conviction or a criminal record.

“The Crown was very fair in how they dealt with Ms. Brinson,” Brooks told The Telegram.

He said the mitigating factors in the case included the fact that Brinson entered an early guilty plea and was an otherwise exemplary employee who had never been in trouble before, and that it was a one-time incident.

In a letter presented to the court, Brinson’s supervisor, Sgt. Larry Parsons, had positive things to say about her and her work.

Brinson was charged after a complaint to the RNC, alleging Brinson accessed private information on April 13, 2017.

Following an internal investigation, Brinson was suspended without pay for a month, which was estimated to have been a loss of $3,000 in wages.

Meanwhile, another RNC civilian employee, Susan Hewitt, is also charged with accessing private information. She is due in court Thursday.

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