Lacey Fowler let out of jail after most charges dropped

February 2, 2016

Lacey FowlerA San Luis Obispo judge sentenced former Cuesta College employee Lacey Fowler last week to nearly a year in jail, yet Fowler is already out of custody, according to county sheriff’s office records. Prosecutors dropped the majority of the charges against Fowler and simultaneously pursued a stiffer sentence for her husband, who was accused of lesser offenses.

Fowler, who is the daughter of a retired law enforcement officer, worked as a human resources analyst at Cuesta College. She has an extensive criminal history that predates her hiring at Cuesta.

Recently, Fowler faced numerous charges following an alleged crime spree in which she was arrested four times in a period of six weeks. The criminal conduct began on May 31, when Fowler breached the Cuesta College data system remotely and stole personal identification information of current and former employees.

Fowler accessed employee names, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. She then opened credit card accounts in the names of several of the victims, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

A district attorney’s office press release stated it appears no victims lost any money directly, but Fowler damaged their credit histories.

In the six weeks following the data theft, Fowler skipped court, was arrested four times and allegedly tried to punch a Paso Robles police officer. Other charges she racked up included battering her husband, burglarizing a commercial vehicle, passing a bad check and possessing cocaine and methamphetamine for sale.

On Jan. 4, Fowler pleaded no contest to felony identity theft, according to the DA’s office. The DA’s news release made no mention of the terms of the plea deal.

Court records state Fowler was also convicted of second-degree burglary. Prosecutors dropped all other charges, including possession of controlled substances, being under the influence of a controlled substance, passing a bad check and battery against a spouse.

On Jan. 27, Judge Donald Umhofer sentenced Fowler to 350 days in jail and four years of probation. The sentence also mandates that Fowler participate in a residential drug treatment program.

Lacey and Chad Fowler

Lacey and Chad Fowler

Fowler had been in custody since her most recent arrest on July 13. Inmates get credit for time served and often only have to serve about half of their sentences.

Last June, narcotics detectives arrested Fowler’s husband, Chad Fowler. They made the arrest after officers found drugs at the Fowlers’ residence while investigating the data breach.

Chad Fowler was initially charged with possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale. He was also charged with an enhancement for possessing more than one kilo of meth.

Recently, Chad Fowler pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine for sale with a “weight enhancement,” according to the DA’s office. On March 30, he will received a five-year prison sentence to be served in county jail.



  1. SLO_Johnny says:

    Folks, our prisons and jails are over flowing and the state is under federal court orders to reduce the number of people incarcerated. There is not enough space to house all the drugged out losers like Lacey Fowler. We must stop treating drug abuse as simply a matter of law and order, crime and punishment. It doesn’t work. $100 billion a year in courts, cops, and prisons hasn’t reduced the availability of illegal drugs. Of, course, it is emotionally satisfying to lock em up. But, we have to install revolving doors on the prisons and jails. Prohibition didn’t stop alcohol use or abuse and our current drug laws also won’t work.

    (-4) 12 Total Votes - 4 up - 8 down
  2. Jorge Estrada says:

    I’ll remember this smile every time I’m asked to provide personal information..

    (10) 10 Total Votes - 10 up - 0 down
  3. achillesheal says:

    She’s sugar, she’s spice, she’s everything nice
    She’s daddy’s little girl!

    Or in this case..

    She deals in meth and identity theft
    She’s daddy’s little girl!

    (13) 13 Total Votes - 13 up - 0 down
  4. freshair says:

    What gets me is how the Trib announced only Lacey’s incarceration on Tuesday when in reality she was out and free at the time of publication, according to this report.

    (16) 18 Total Votes - 17 up - 1 down
  5. horse_soldier says:

    Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year nominee?

    (23) 25 Total Votes - 24 up - 1 down
  6. Pelican1 says:

    I heard that she has been hired by team Adam to be his new campaign manager and PR person.

    (19) 23 Total Votes - 21 up - 2 down
  7. AmericaBeautiful says:

    WHY were the charges dropped????? This is wrong, and the DA & judge must be ousted. Leniency does not lead to change, but rather ENABLES continuation of wrongdoing.

    (25) 31 Total Votes - 28 up - 3 down

    Well, since an election year and they are a couple, let’s go to a hanging Chad.

    (9) 9 Total Votes - 9 up - 0 down
  9. Rambunctious says:

    We are living in such a corrupted nation. Who you know gets you the job and who you know keeps you out of jail. Heck we have a politician running for the presidency that has been accused of a crime. It all rolls down hill and the honest hard working tax paying person is a SUCKER!!!!!

    (27) 33 Total Votes - 30 up - 3 down

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