A San Ramon family law attorney has pleaded not guilty to a charge that she illegally received confidential information, while her alleged co-conspirator, an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy, has been given time to find a lawyer.
Court documents say Lesley Anne Regina, 36, who has an office in the first block of Crow Canyon Court, received an email containing privileged information then forwarded that to an unnamed person.
"On Jan 23, the suspect, Lesley Regina, was emailed confidential/personal information regarding a person she was actively investigating in a domestic violence/child custody matter," a police summary says. That included drivers license information, restraining order information from the National Crime Information Center run by the FBI, and local criminal history from the Alameda County database.
The information "contained specific confidential/personal identifying information that originated in a criminal history/booking system regarding the victim," court records show. The records were for the ex-husband of one of Regina's clients.
The charge of receiving records is a misdemeanor. However, as an attorney and officer of the court, if convicted, she could face additional penalties from the state bar association, which regulates attorneys.
A 2009 report indicates the bar could initiate a formal disciplinary procedure to determine of a conviction involves "moral turpitude," which typically covers lying cheating and stealing.
Meanwhile, deputy Ryan Silcocks, 39, was charged with two misdemeanors, for illegally accessing information and for illegally furnishing information.
On Jan. 15, court records state "Silcocks entered a closed Alameda County building after hours and accessed the county database."
Court records show he searched for two names then, but on Jan. 17, entered a building and accessed three names. He sent the information he received Jan. 17 to Regina on Jan. 23, then entered a building a third time and texted that information to Regina, according to court documents.
Of the six potential victims in the case, one has come forth. Brian Lancaster of Pleasanton said his name was among those and has been used against him in a custody battle.
Lancaster also said police are also conducting an investigation involving Pleasanton police officer Tim Martens. That has not been confirmed.
However, Lancaster has filed a claim with Pleasanton, asking for in excess of $1 million. He said the actions of the three led to him losing his job and custody of his kids.
Pleasanton City Attorney Jonathan Lowell confirms a claim has been filed but said he could not comment further on an active case.