Court clerk accused of illegally accessing confidential records

Friday, September 7, 2012 | 8:04 a.m. CDT; updated 11:27 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis court clerk faces 48 misdemeanor counts accusing her of illegally accessing confidential law enforcement records.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 26-year-old Whitney Tyler is accused of working outside of her court duties when she accessed arrest records, criminal histories and driving records for friends, family, even herself.

Prosecutors said the allegations have nothing to do with the fact that Tyler is assigned to Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles. Peebles is suspended and a state panel wants her removed. Among the allegations against the judge is that she abdicated authority to Tyler when Peebles went on vacation last year.

Tyler's lawyer, Kristy Ridings, says Tyler has not committed any crimes.

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