Arrest warrant issued for former Cuesta College analyst

July 6, 2015

Lacey FowlerBy KAREN VELIE

An arrest warrant has been filed against a former Cuesta College human resources analyst for failing to show up for an arraignment hearing at San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Monday morning.

Lacey Fowler is facing three felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and cocaine packaged for sale, a felony charge of unlawfully accessing data, and misdemeanor charges of battery on a spouse and unlawfully violating a restraining order. The court set the warrant at $250,000 and the previous bail of $115,000 is forfeited, according to court records.

Lacey Fowler has a long criminal history that includes a 2005 alcohol related reckless driving, an Aug. 2006 drunk driving, a Nov. 2006 DUI, a 2007 drug paraphernalia conviction and an arrest in 2007 for felony burglary and forgery.

In 2008, Cuesta College hired Fowler.

This year, on May 31, Fowler, who had been out on sick leave for several weeks, allegedly breached the campus data system remotely and then emailed employee names, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers to her private email account.

On June 5, SLO County Sheriff deputies arrested Fowler for battery on her spouse and violating a protective order.

Lacey and Chad Fowler

Lacey and Chad Fowler

On June 9, Chad Fowler filed a temporary restraining order against his wife, Lacey Fowler.

On June 11, Cuesta College Police officers and SLO District Attorney investigators searched the Paso Robles home of Lacey and Chad Fowler in response to the data breach and discovered more than four pounds of methamphetamine and heroin. The 30 acre property is owned by retired sheriff deputy Micheal Wasley, a relative of Lacey Fowler.

Campus police then called in SLO County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators to assist. Sheriff deputies arrested both Chad and Lacey Fowler on charges of possession of heroin for sale and possession of methamphetamine for sale, with an enhancement for possessing more than one kilo of methamphetamine. At the time, sheriff officials penned a press release informing the media of Chad Fowler’s arrest, but not that of Lacey Fowler.

On June 22, Cuesta College Police officers arrested Lacey Fowler on a felony charge of unlawfully accessing data. Shortly afterwards, both Lacey and Chad Fowler were released from the San Luis Obispo County Jail on bond.

On July 6, Lacey Fowler failed to show for her hearing on the charges of spousal abuse, failure to comply to a restraining order and unlawfully accessing data. The court set her bail at $250,000.

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She’s obviously gone into hiding. I bet she’ll assume a new identity and become Jenny Herzog!

More than a kilo of drugs and she gets bail, that’s nice.

Expedia has some cheap one-way flights to the Caymans right now.

Maybe she’s tagging along with Tamara Gearhart.

I’m thinking she won’t be brought in alive. A suicide perhaps.

Poor woman/wife. Poor man/husband.

Gods gift to His creation and the reason for our infirmities. Free will.

Batter up ! Looks like that 3 strikes (felonies) and your out must have been changed while we were not looking.Sounds more like 33.

Looks like they let her loose for everything else. She probably that this wouldn’t be any different. We’ll see.

Why am I not surprised by this?

Hey no worries, she was at Cuesta for eight years and will get a pension of 2% of her highest salary times 8; probably around $1000 a month, paid for by all us law-abiding citizens, for the rest of her life, starting when she turns 55. Who says crime doesn’t pay?

It would be nice to make her pay restitution out of that, restitution which she may have been required to do for her previous DUI offenses and burglary, but I doubt she ever paid it. No one enforces the restitution so they get away with more wrong doing.

I still can’t believe Cuesta hired her – was she an insider choice? So much for checking backgrounds. No wonder Cuesta’s donations are down.

State law should be changed to require that government employees who break laws related to their employment to be ejected from PERS and STRS.

They should lose all of their retirement benefits, but will probably have to be refunded any amounts that they actually contributed from their paychecks.

Sounds fun, but I’m thinking you’d have a major Constitutional battle with the labor unions on that one (“Deprived of life, liberty or property without due process”). Pensions are the hard-earned property of the pensioner. I sincerely doubt the Constitution permits seizing the property of individuals convicted of crimes. Moreover, I’d bet this has already been attempted and struck down decades ago. But, yeah, it sounds fun.

“I sincerely doubt the Constitution permits seizing the property of individuals convicted of crimes.” Individuals shall not be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process answers that one.

Property can’t be seized prior to due process, but it can be after a conviction – ask the IRS when they seize homes, boats, garnish wages etc..

I’m sorry but where have you been? This is by far an isolated case, it happens all the time with the public sector, it really should be no surprise to anyone.

It’ll be closer to $550/month. She’s not listed, though, as a Cuesta employee on Transparent California.

How many felonies???