By: Rick McCann
RALEIGH, N.C. Feb 5 2017 Joseph Conover, a one-time sworn private police chief stood solemnly in a Raleigh North Carolina courtroom Friday after he was found guilty on felony charges of unlawfully accessing government computer systems.
Conover had been indicted by a grand jury last year on a series of felony charges after numerous complaints from local law enforcement and a neighbor of Conover’s who said that he had been harassed by the private cop for months.
As chief, Conover ran the Nova Company Police, an agency that has full police powers on property that it’s contracted to protect.
Conover was found guilty Friday of all counts of felony access of a government computer system. .
The charges stem from a dispute between Conover and neighbor Reuben Smith.
Smith had complained that Conover was allowing his dog to use the bathroom in his yard.
Smith said later Conover showed up in his Nova Police cruiser and began working the laptop computer mounted in the cruiser while staring at the automobiles in Smith’s driveway.
Last April, the district attorney dismissed scores of arrests made by Conover after he was inducted on 13 felony counts including kidnapping and assault.
Conover was sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison.