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Terry Childs is a former network administrator, living in Pittsburg, California. In June 2008, he was arrested on computer crime charges for refusing to divulge the passwords to San Francisco's FiberWAN system to his supervisors. After being arrested he was held on $5 million bail. He is also accused of tampering with the network and subversively avoiding auditing checks.
He was found guilty of one count of felony network tampering on April 27, 2010 by a jury.
On August 6, 2010, Childs was sentenced to four years in the California State Prison by Judge Teri Jackson. Childs, as of August 6, had already served 755 days in prison, which will be applied to his sentence, leaving him eligible for parole in 4–6 months. He may also be required to foot San Francisco's bill for attempting to regain control of its network, which totals $900,000 USD. On May 17, 2011 Childs was ordered by the court to pay nearly 1.5 million US dollars in restitution. Childs was released sometime before May 17, 2011 according to his lawyer.
In October 2013, the California Court of Appeals affirmed Childs' conviction and his obligation to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution.
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- People v. Childs, 2013 WL 5779044 (Cal. App. Ct. Oct. 25, 2013)
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