Robert Warner, 42, of Warwick, pleaded not guilty Friday, Nov. 30, in Kent County Superior Court of two felony counts of computer trespass in connection with actions he took while working as the communications officer for the East Greenwich Fire Department in June.
Warner, an EG firefighter for 16 years, was fired in July for insubordination following his resignation as the fire department’s communications director. As such, he had been responsible for maintaining the town’s fire alarms and fire alarm box system. After he resigned, Warner was told to turn over all equipment associated with his job. According to town officials, Warner refused to turn over the town-issued computer and the book that contained all of the town’s alarm codes. Rhode Island State Police retrieved the alarm book from Warner’s house. Police allege Warner deleted files from his work computer and the town’s server, including those associated with town alarm systems.
This was a secret indictment.
Warner turned himself in to Superior Court Nov. 30 to be arraigned. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.