Man who broke into UGA computers found dead

2:14 AM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Police Department recently found a man deceased who they believe was behind computer trespassing at the University of Georgia in October.

According to UGA police, they received a report of unauthorized access of UGA computer systems on October 5. Saved on the computers were personnel records of current and past employees of the school.

At that time, police began to investigate, and found 26-year-old Charles Stapler Stell responsible. Stell was an Athens resident who took classes at UGA during summer semester 2005 and spring semester 2007.

It was during the investigation when police found Stell deceased, but they were not certain what caused the death. Police said they suspect no foul play, and that Stell likely took his own life.

Police are waiting for crime lab results to make the final call.

During the investigation, police determined that those employee files involved in the security breach were under Stell's control while they were conducting forensic evaluation of evidence. They do not believe any of the information left Stell's control after he unlawfully took it.

Police also said they do not suspect that Stell used any of the information for criminal purposes.

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