Administrator of Election Ray Barrett said he was unaware that a compact disc had been left in one of the stolen laptops taken from the Davidson County Election Commission for more than a year.
Police said last night they were surprised to find the CD that had been created in November 2006 that contained sensitive voter information, however, there was no indication the disc had been copied or even removed from the computer.
“I was not aware of it until [the police found it],” Barrett said. “They told me that was the [laptop] that wasn’t working.”
Barrett and other officials had been subpoenaed to appear in court this morning for Robert Osbourne’s preliminary hearing.
Osbourne, charged with burglary, has admitted to breaking into the Election Commission and stealing the laptops, according to police.
His hearing has been rescheduled for next Tuesday.
“We’re doing everything we can in our office to ensure nothing like this happens again,” Barrett said.
Police recovered the stolen laptops last week from a home in Goodlettsville and found the hard drive from at least one of the laptops at a business known as The Muse, formerly Kung Fu Coffee House, 834 Fourth Ave. S.
Police Chief Ronal Serpas would not comment on whether Osbourne was being investigated for any other crimes in the area or any information Osbourne had provided police.