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Mar 15, 2010 6:43 PM

Ex-FBI agent accused of illegally accessing files enters plea

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former FBI white-color crime investigator in Orange County has pleaded not guilty to using a bureau computer to obtain information he was not authorized to access.

Peter H. Norell Jr. entered his plea Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Santa Ana.

Norell resigned after the criminal charge was filed against him. He faces up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

U.S. attorney's office spokesman Thom Mrozek did not return a call seeking details of what type of information was accessed.

Norrell's attorney Thomas McConville says he and his client will wait for the case to go through the courts before commenting.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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