Cops: Forsyth County court officer fired after leaking death investigation info

Jose Barrera

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Jose Barrera

Authorities confirmed Thursday a Forsyth County court officer was fired in late December after he was accused of inappropriately accessing and leaking confidential information about a death investigation.

Jose Barrera was a pretrial services employee at the courthouse, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The sheriff’s office said he was fired after a woman told deputies he accessed her files and leaked them to five people, Channel 2 reported. It’s unclear whether the information was shared with his coworkers or members of the public.

Records obtained by the news channel show Barrera was a witness in the woman’s case.

He was initially put on administrative leave in December before being fired because of a loss of confidence in him, Channel 2 reported.

AJC.com has reached out to the sheriff’s office for more information.

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Channel 2's Justin Wilfon reports.

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