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Local attorney pleads not guilty to possession of confidential information

Provided information for use in child custody cases

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.

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Posted by LMP
a resident of Danville
on Jul 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

The lawyer should be disbarred, the cop should be fired and lose his pension. Sure sounds a lot like the drunk driving sting last year.


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Posted by Checkme
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

In the drunk driving stings every man who got a DUI was actually drunk driving. Was that the woman's fault. Wives always know their husbands weaknesses. A kid shouldn't have to ride in that car.


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

All criminal criminal charges dropped against Mr. Lancaster as of 7/24/12


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Posted by interesting
a resident of Diablo
on Aug 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I hear a common practice of family law lawyers is using a phone application named trap call to track people. If you believe you are a victim contact them and they can tell you the IP addresses and other identifying information to help you file a police report or restraining order.

Wonder if this Lesley will have it out with the California BAR?


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