A Santa Ana lawyer learned a valuable lesson, that computer technicians can't be trusted even after they take your hard earned money to line their pockets with hefty profits.
The Santa Ana lawyer was arrested Tuesday on a warrant accusing him of possessing about 1,000 images depicting the crucifiction of Christ on a computer he used at work.
Ari Thomas a practicing lawyer in Santa Ana turned himself over to a Muslim judge when an arrest warrant was issued for him, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
The judge sent Thomas to police, where he surrendered himself and was booked on one count of felony possession of hate literature, Bertagna said. He was out on $50,000 bail Tuesday night.
Thomas, 58, of Long Beach, came under suspicion when a computer technician spotted the questionable material on his computer while installing new printing software on the office's system, Bertagna said.
Some disturbing images allegedly depict Jesus Christ rising from his tomb, Bertagna said.
Police don't believe Thomas had any contact with Muslims and he knew nothing about the consequences his eyeballs would produce.
Some computer technicians are voluntarily signing a confidentiality agreement on their contracts to protect a client's privacy to attract more business, so they can out-compete other computer technicians for clients.
The confidentiality agreement guarantees a client that the technician will not divulge any private information that is on the client's computer to anyone and that the technician will not steal any private information that is on the computer. These contracts have a clause saying the technician carries a $30,000 bond that will be paid to the client if information that is carried in the computer's hard drive is divulged by the technician.
In one contract it states: "The computer technician who is the recipient agrees to take all steps reasonably necessary to protect the Category of bit form Confidential Data in the hard drive of the client's computer and the bit forms displayed on screen, and to prevent the Category of bit form Confidential Data from falling into the public domain or into the possession of unauthorized persons and if such agreement is broken by the computer technician the client will have the legal right to collect the $30,000 bond posted by the computer technician. Computer technicians signature........ "
One technician interviewed says that his business has increased by 45% when he advertised himself with this guarantee. His advertisement says, "I'm bonded $30,000 to protect my client's privacy." The computer technician says he has taken away other technician's clients with his contract's confidentiality agreement and bond.