DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — A candidate for DeKalb County Sheriff, Terry Wadsworth, found himself inside the county jail after he was indicted on charges of impersonating a peace officer and tampering with an Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center computer.
Wadsworth was arrested by the Dekalb County District Attorney’s Office after an investigation was conducted by Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).
A November 2021 Grand Jury indictment lists:
"Count One: Terry Wayne Wadsworth, whose name to the Grand Jury is otherwise unknown than as stated, did falsely pretend to be a peach officer and did an act in that capacity, in violation of Section 13A-10-11 of the Code of Alabama, contrary to law and against the peace and dignity of the State of Alabama.
"Count Two: The Grand Jury of said County further charges that before the finding of this indictment, Terry Wayne Wadsworth, whose name to the Grand Jury is otherwise unknown than as stated, did act without authority or exceeding authorization of use by obtaining any information that is required by law to be kept confidential or any records that are not public records by accessing any computer, computer system, or network that is operated by this state, a political subdivision of this state, or a medical institution, to-wit: Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center information, in violation of Section 13A-8-112 of the Code of Alabama."
Wadsworth was released on a $1,000 'Own Recognizance' bond.