911 Dispatcher Pleads Not Guilty to Computer Trespass
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A Rochester city 911 dispatcher pleaded not guilty to a computer trespass charge in court Tuesday morning.
Matthew Gizzi, 37, is facing the felony charge after he allegedly used the 911 system to obtain information in March for personal use.
Gizzi's attorney, Peter Pullano, said his client is accused of running only one licence plate and therefore the charge is too extreme.
"What the Office of Public Integrity did was call him in, give him an ultimatum about his employment, charge him with a felony, and then they issued a press release. I think that there is certainly an overstepping here. Mr Gizzi is going to have his say and day in court. He's going to answer these charges, and unlike the Office of Public Integrity, we're going to use the court system and not air our laundry. As I said, I thought the press release was a little, it was much too much actually. It was much too much," said Gizzi's attorney, Peter Pullano.
Court paperwork states that the man who owns the car of the license plate said he does not know Gizzi.
Gizzi has been a dispatcher for 16 years and resigned on Monday.
The charges were brought forth after an investigation by the city's Office of Public Integrity.
Gizzi is scheduled to return to court next month.