It was Tuesday afternoon when I decided to pull the arrest record of the Minnesota Viking’s star player who’s at the center of a firestorm.
I went online to the Montgomery County District Clerk’s website and Adrian Peterson came right up.
The electronic data included his indictment, bond conditions, and arrest report.
After viewing the documentation for a while I noticed something disturbing that also stood out.
I noticed the information released by the clerk’s office could be a gold mine for an identity theft thief on the prowl.
The documents not only contained Peterson’s name and date of birth but it gave the multimillionaire’s driver’s license and social security numbers.
Give that critical and sensitive information to the dumbest criminal and they could open credit accounts, buy a car, or even a house in the name of Adrian Peterson.
We alerted Peterson’s legal team immediately.
The spokesperson (Mary Flood) for the case was shocked and outraged.
The next day because it was after business hours we decided to contact the clerk’s office in Montgomery County.
The secretary at the office admitted they made a mistake but when the actual clerk was asked about the release of the sensitive information she simply said no comment.
When I decided to check the information online again after alerting the clerk it was gone.
Instead of the criminal file containing six documents there were only two and visibly missing was the record showing Peterson’s social security and driver’s license numbers.
Montgomery County criminal defense attorney Rick Bass says typically this type of sensitive information is blocked online with all defendants.
All of this comes just days after Peterson was arrested for going too far with disciplining his 4 year old son at his Woodlands estate last May.
Peterson was indicted on injury to a child which carries a two year prison sentence if convicted.
This security breach with Peterson’s personal information came just hours before the Minnesota Vikings suspended the star running back.