Ex-clerk pleads guilty

  • Joan Joseph Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/31/2017 8:34:44 AM

Former Hancock Town Clerk Joan Joseph pleaded guilty to violating the Driver Privacy Act on Monday.

Joseph, who resigned from her position on Dec. 31,  was sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine and a penalty assessment, according to a press release from the state’s attorney general and the state police.

Joseph admitted to disclosing protected driver-record information to a longtime friend and co-worker at ConVal High School, Richard Ellingwood, who was not authorized to receive the information.

In an arrest affidavit, Ellingwood said he asked Joseph for information regarding a certain license plate because the number had been in his family for a long time. He said he thought if he could contact the owner, the person would hand over the plate.

Joseph had access to the confidential information through her role as the Hancock Town Clerk.

The DPA establishes that only certain people and entities have access to the records and then only for certain purposes permitted by law. Violations can be prosecuted as a Class A misdemeanors with a maximum possible punishment of up to 12 months in jail and a $2,000 fine. Municipal agents who violate the provisions of the act may be barred from receiving motor vehicle records for a period of up to five years.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com. 


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