RIO ARRIBA SHERIFF'S REP DENIES POSTING ONLINE DA JABS; Contracted employee claims hackers are using his email to post critical comments about Pacheco.
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Some critical comments about incumbent district attorney candidate Angela "Spence" Pacheco posted by a reader on a newspaper website have been traced to a Rio Arriba ar·ri·ba
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Jake Arnold, a contract employee for the Rio Arriba Sheriff's Office, says someone has been using his name to publicly campaign against Pacheco through comments on The New Mexican's website.
Arnold, who says his legal name is Jean-Claude dei Fiori Arnold, says someone using his email address See Internet address. has been leaving the comments under the name Jake Flores. The email associated with "Jake Flores" is the same Hotmail address printed on Arnold's business card.
Arnold's contracting business is Flores, Arnold & Fiori. Despite Arnold's denial that he is posting the comments, four of the 165 comments written by "Jake Flores" come from Internet Protocol See Internet and TCP/IP.
(networking) Internet Protocol - (IP) The network layer for the TCP/IP protocol suite widely used on Ethernet networks, defined in STD 5, RFC 791. IP is a connectionless, best-effort packet switching protocol. addresses that were traced to Rio Arriba County government networks. The rest were traced to computers in the El Rito area, where Arnold lives.
County Manager Tomas Campos said last week it would be unacceptable for any employee, even a contractor, to use Rio Arriba County computers for political campaign purposes.
"We would not accept that behavior if it was on one of our computers during working hours," Campos said.
Campos made it clear that political opinions of all varieties are accepted, so long as employees do not use their positions to try to influence others or campaign. Public campaigning from a Rio Arriba County office, he said, could lead to termination.
Arnold works on contract as public information officer for Sheriff Tommy Rodella, who was on vacation and unavailable to speak to The New Mexican.
The First Judicial District includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Los Alamos (lôs ăl`əmōs', lŏs), uninc. town (1990 pop. 11,455), seat of Los Alamos co., N central N.Mex. It is on a long mesa extending from the Jemez Mts. The U.S. counties. The June 5 Democratic Party primary will determine who gets the job of district attorney for the next four years, since no Republican is running for the office in the November general election. Though Rodella openly supports Pacheco's challenger, attorney Lloyd Drager, Arnold is adamant that he hasn't been posting the online attacks on Pacheco.
"If I was commenting on the website under an alias, I definitely wouldn't use my first name or a name associated with me," Arnold said.
Arnold added that he would not be afraid to put his name behind his opinions -- as he did with recent criticism of both the prosecution and defense handling of the vehicular-homicide case against Juan de Dios Cordova Cordova, Spain: see Córdoba. , for which the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office was the investigating agency.
Arnold's contract with Rio Arriba County is renewed every four months and limited to $7,500 for each period. The contract calls for maximum 30-hour work weeks. Arnold has been working at the Sheriff's Office since February 2011.
Arnold also contracts with a real estate agency and a law firm in New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). .
"Jake Flores" posted a comment on a New Mexican story about the district attorney race earlier this month, calling Pacheco's office "incompetent" and saying, "Simply put, she is in over her head with this job. Time for a change."
Another comment, posted on a March 2011 story about a suspected murderer who inexplicably was released from jail, reads: "Hats off for Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella! He seems to be the one public official involved in this saga who knows the score."
The "Jake Flores" account has been an active account on The New Mexican website for nearly two years.
Arnold claims he has just noticed that many of his email accounts and cellphones have been acting strange for the past few months, leading him to believe many of his accounts are being targeted by hackers. He said that last year he switched to a different communications network and that he has noticed problems ever since.
He said he is seeking legal counsel to protect him against any suspected hackers.
He has emailed DISQUS, the company that runs The New Mexican's online commenting system, asking the company to identify who has been using his email address. Pacheco declined to comment on the public attacks against her.