Charges re-emerge against Avon’s Buckley |

Charges re-emerge against Avon’s Buckley

Cliff Thompson

The charges were dismissed last month on a filing technicality.

In September 2001, Vail.Net, a local e-mail and Internet provider, reported its server was overwhelmed with nearly 20,000 messages, effectively shutting down service to Vail.Net customers, according to investigator’s reports. Some of those messages, the reports state, bore an Internet protocol address from Buckley’s computer.

Buckley and his wife, Debbie – who also is on the Avon Town Council -operate, a home computer and Internet business.

Charges of felony computer crime and transmitting a computer virus were filed by the District Attorney’s Office in October 2001 after the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation seized the Buckleys’ 12 home computers. Conviction carries a sentence of two to six years and a fine of up to $500,000.

Investigators’ reports state there may have been antagonism between Pete Buckley and Vail.Net after Buckley has unsuccessfully applied for a job at the company.

Also, since the original charges were filed, the lead investigator for the Sheriff’s Office has moved away from the area, and Hurlburt has replaced former District Attorney Mike Goodbee, who joined the Colorado Attorney General’s office.

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