The name of the defendant in the case described in the news story below has been removed from our online archives, effective March 10, 2017, as a result of a request made of the Mountain View Voice by him on February 16, 2017 citing the court-ordered expungement of his 2009 conviction.
While the Voice is under no legal obligation to do so, our policy is to review such requests and determine whether there is a continuing public interest in making the names of past criminal defendants accessible to Internet search engines.
In this case, the defendant entered into a plea bargain and pleaded “no contest” to a felony charge of Grand Theft (PC 484/487(a)) on Nov. 16, 2009, admitting that he attempted to sell certain Google-owned computer products that the company had issued to him during his employment. He served 120 days on electronic monitoring and was sentenced to two year probation.
According to court records provided to the Voice, on December 3, 2010 the defendant petitioned the court, as allowed under California law (PC 1203.3, 1203.4 and Section 17 PC), to have his probation terminated early, the felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, and then to enter a plea of not guilty. The probation department supported the petition. At a January 13, 2011 hearing, the court granted the petition, then dismissed the charges and ordered his record expunged.
In light of the circumstances of this case, the age of the defendant at the time and the seven years since the conviction, the Voice concluded that continuing to enable Web searches of the defendant’s name to show this story was not in the public interest.
March 10, 2017
A Google employee entrusted with maintaining the Internet giant's server installations countrywide has been arrested for allegedly stealing $80,000 worth of Google's network hardware.
(Name removed), a 28-year-old Mountain View resident, was arrested and charged with grand theft Tuesday. Police spokesperson Liz Wylie said Google investigated (name removed) after being tipped off by a Sacramento equipment trading company that became suspicious when (name removed) allegedly tried to sell the company three pieces of industrial Internet hardware for $25,000.
Google also alleges that (name removed) sold four other pieces of hardware to a San Diego company for $25,000. The total non-street value of the seven pieces of hardware he is alleged to have stolen is estimated to be $80,000, Wylie said.