CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Clay County Sheriff Miles “Mike” Slack apologized in federal court Tuesday for placing a keystroke logger on his then wife’s work computer.
Slack pleaded guilty to a federal wiretapping charge. He resigned as sheriff last Friday as part of the plea bargain agreement with federal prosecutors.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Slack wanted to monitor the chat room sessions and emails sent by his now ex-wife Lisa Slack. He also wanted her various passwords.
“It was information of a personal nature that his wife was communicating and he had installed this keystroke logger to find that information but as a result he captured even more information,” Goodwin said.
Lisa Slack’s job is at Clay County Magistrate Court so the logger picked up court information too. Goodwin said fortunately that information didn’t fall into the wrong hands.
“We don’t believe there was any data compromised. It was all limited to this storage device that was there installed on the computer,” he said.
Sheriff Slack placed the logger on the computer in April and it stayed there for about two weeks.
Goodwin said Slack appeared to be remorseful during Tuesday’s guilty plea.
“He has fully accepted responsibility for the actions that he took. He addressed the court very directly,” Goodwin said.
Slack was Clay County chief deputy for approximately 16 years. He was elected sheriff in Nov. 2012 after soundly defeating two other Democrats in the May 2012 Primary Election. Slack got 78 percent of the vote.
U.S. Attorney Goodwin said Slack made a very bad decision when he put the keystroke logger on that magistrate court computer.
“We should expect more and that’s why it’s a very serious matter when we see these sorts of crimes,” he said.
Slack will face up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 19.