Janesville man denies charges of UW-Platteville computer crimes

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Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

LANCASTER--A Janesville man accused of breaking into a UW-Platteville building and accessing professor computer data has pleaded not guilty to 17 criminal charges.

Neel V. Patel, 21, entered his plea Monday in Grant County Court. Patel was expelled from the university Tuesday, according to a university spokesman.

Patel is charged with three counts of burglary, eight counts of computer crimes-access data, three counts of theft and one count each of possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property and computer crimes-modify data.

According to court documents, Patel broke into Gardner Hall on campus either late Dec. 11 or early Dec. 12 and stole office keys. Police said Patel also used a program to illegally obtain the login information of five UW-Platteville faculty members.

A police report does not say why Patel accessed the faculty computer data.

His next court date is scheduled for April 9, and a trial could start as early as April 22.

Last updated: 5:43 pm Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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