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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Indiana

    First, I am stupid. About 12 years ago I was volunteering at a non-profit. I sat up their web page, email addresses, and other computer related things. I left after about 2 years on good terms. At the time I had 3 email addresses in use. 1 for me, and 2 for the employees. After about a year I was cleaning up some stuff and accidently discovered that they were using the email id I had sat up for myself. And the password was still what I had left it at. I was dumb and curious and was reading the emails. Then I found one that talked about someone I worked with there and it was not a good one. I stupidly forwarded it to them anomalously. Well to make a long story short she confronted them about it the person using my email was furious. Thought they were being hacked. But meanwhile, they still never bothered to change the password or create a new email id. This went on for awhile and I did forward several emails. State Police showed up at my workplace. Investigated me about it. I admitted it to them. But told them that as far as I was concerned that was my email and no one else should have been using it anyway or if they were going to use it they should have changed the password. This was at least 2 years after I left. BTW all the email ids had the same password. State police said they would turn over to the Prosecutor if any charges would be filed. Said where I worked could be in trouble because I accessed there. THat company is no longer around. Never heard another word about it . Now 10 years later my friend said that she was going to take action against this non-profit and show them those emails. She still has on her computer. I never attempted to logon to that id after that. I am now working at a good job and can not afford both personally and professionally to have my name tied to those emails.

    Question.. Could I be in trouble now, after all these years, after the prosecutor declined to file any charges? I am worried. If so, what are my options...
    Thanks

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    Just a word: although you didn’t hack the email you did access email you were not entitled to. You were no longer attached to the company any longer and had no valid basis to access that email. You are lucky you weren’t charged with anything at the time.

    As to the current concern: not sure what you are after. Since the “hacking” was previously known and nothing was done I wouldn’t expect anything more to come of it. Can it hurt you in other ways? Only you can determine that. If your current employer has a problem with what happened, then yes, your future is at risk.

    Of course if new crimes are discovered the prosecutor may see things a bit differently this time.

    You don't really have any options but to hope nothing comes of any of this.

    I’m kind of curious what action your friend believes she can take on an issue over 10 years old. Very few crimes or civil actions have a statute of limitations time limit that long.

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    The email was registered in my name, not the organizations. It was my personal email that I was using. I never gave the organization permission to use it. I should have changed the password when I left or they should have changed it when I left and they started using it. That is my point of view and exactly what I told the police.

    No, my employer would not have a problem with it.

    No new crimes. I never touched it after the visit from police.

    What is the statue of limitations in Indiana? Would what I did fall under that too?

    She wants to get them for defamation. They are bad mouthing her again. She wants to show a pattern.

    Would the police have told the organization that it was me? Or just the prosecutor?

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    The email was registered in my name, not the organizations. It was my personal email that I was using. I never gave the organization permission to use it. I should have changed the password when I left or they should have changed it when I left and they started using it. That is my point of view and exactly what I told the police.

    No, my employer would not have a problem with it.

    No new crimes. I never touched it after the visit from police.

    What is the statue of limitations in Indiana? Would what I did fall under that too?

    She wants to get them for defamation. They are bad mouthing her again. She wants to show a pattern.

    Would the police have told the organization that it was me? Or just the prosecutor?
    Does the email address use the companies own domain? If so, while it was originally assigned to you, once you severed your ties with the company it remained a company asset. If it was a company domain it never was your email. It was then and remained a company asset. You were simply allowed to have an address within their domain.



    If it was your email and you’re so tech savvy, why did the company even have your password?


    if you want to stand on it being your email, then there could be no crime. Why you stopped using it makes one wonder if it was truly your email. When you found somebody using your email, why didn’t you lock it down and take control of it? Again, suggestive of it not being your email.




    Defamation is based on specific events. It matters not what they did 10 years ago as the sol has expired for anything that took place then.(2 years) If she can prove defamation now, then she is free to sue them. Bad mouthing somebody in itself is not defamation. It has to be a false statement. Opinions are opinions and not defamation (generally speaking).

    the police or the prosecutor could have informed them of you accessing the email account. If they had its something you would have to ask them. Either of them may have disclosed your name in the process of their investigation. Whether things went that far is something you would have to ask the police and prosecutor.

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    Default Re: Old Investigation on Computer Access

    Considering the statue of limitations concerning what I did, what is it?

    I doubt if they told them cause I am sure they would have let me know to stay out of their business. They still ask me to do things for them.

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    Default Re: Old Investigation on Computer Access

    The only thing yiu said you’ve done is view your email page. If it was your email page, there is no statute of limitations because you could lawfully use your email.

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    Default Re: Old Investigation on Computer Access

    I believed it was mine. I used it and up until I noticed I was not aware anyone was using it. It was on their domain that I sat up for them.

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    I believed it was mine. I used it and up until I noticed I was not aware anyone was using it. It was on their domain that I sat up for them.
    Oh, you’re tech savvy enough to understand it wasn’t your email if it was under their domain. You knew they paid to have that domain and it was theirs. You were nothing more than an authorized user, until you left the company.



    oh, I see your concern. There were no charges since you lied to the cops about who actually had legal ownership of,the email account and they didn’t go any further and now you’re concerned they will find out you lied back then


    i doubt there are any crimes that have survived the 10 years.

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    Default Re: Old Investigation on Computer Access

    no, I didn't lie. I did believe it was mine. I thought they would delete it after I left and get a new one for the new person.

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    no, I didn't lie. I did believe it was mine. I thought they would delete it after I left and get a new one for the new person.
    That was a valid belief as its what most companies do.

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