PLEASANTON -- An Alameda County Sheriff's deputy and a San Ramon attorney have been charged with allegedly accessing and sharing confidential information obtained from law enforcement databases.
The District Attorney's Office filed charges earlier this month against Deputy Ryan Silcocks and Lesley Regina, a San Ramon family law attorney.
Pleasanton resident Brian Lancaster says the information was used against him in a child custody case with his ex-wife, Lisa Secord.
Silcocks is on administrative leave after being charged with three misdemeanors for allegedly twice entering an Alameda County building after hours to obtain information from a county database. Court records say he sent the information to Regina, with whom he was involved in a dating relationship.
"He's been charged, and we'll wait for the court process to go along, and we're conducting a concurrent internal affairs investigation," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Wednesday.
Regina has been charged with one count of knowingly receiving records that she was not authorized to possess.
Silcocks could not be reached for comment. Calls to Regina were referred to, but not returned by, her attorney.
Lancaster and Secord, who have two young sons, have been litigating child custody issues in a family court. The couple have been divorced for seven years and shared custody, but Secord, who lives in Seattle, sought full custody.
Calls to Secord's
Lancaster claims confidential information illegally supplied by Silcocks to Regina was used in court against him and resulted in the loss of custody of his boys.
Lancaster also faces criminal charges for a January drug possession arrest by Pleasanton police Officer Tim Martens, who Lancaster claims is a friend of his ex-wife.
Martens, who isn't facing charges, is named in a claim against the city of Pleasanton made by Lancaster and his attorney, Jeff Hubins. The claim alleges Martens disclosed confidential information to Lancaster's ex-wife for use against him.
"They ruined my life," Lancaster said. "I lost my job. I haven't seen my kids in almost nine months because of this."
A message for Martens, left with Pleasanton police, was not responded to.
Attorney Hubins said Lancaster intends to sue Alameda County and the city of Pleasanton for $1 million apiece for damage to Lancaster's reputation, the loss of custody of his children, emotional distress and attorney fees and expenses.
"You have people forwarding information that wasn't supposed to be forwarded to his ex-wife that is confidential," Hubins said. "They are using their positions of authority to benefit a friend in a family law dispute."
Silcocks and Regina are due to be arraigned July 9 in superior court in Pleasanton.
Reporter Robert Jordan also contributed to this story. Contact Jason Sweeney at 925-847-2123. Follow him at Twitter.com/Jason_Sweeney.