Former New Milford IT director’s arraignment postponed
TORRINGTON — The former director of the town of New Milford’s information technology department had his arraignment on 49 counts of cyber crime postponed Thursday morning to the following day.
Kendrick Protzmann, 52, was charged with eight counts of third-degree computer crime and 41 counts fifth degree computer crime Jan. 17, after he turned himself in.
Protzmann worked as the head of the town’s IT department from 2002 through the summer of 2019.
An investigation revealed someone had accessed town emails without authorization, town officials said, after an audit of the town’s cybersecurity systems by the new IT director hired over the summer.
“When doing the audit we noticed some irregularities,” Mayor Pete Bass said Wednesday. Those “anomalies” led the town to do a full investigation, he said.
After news of the breach became public in October, the town said it would offer those affected by the leak two years of free credit monitoring.
The town also reccomends anyone who thinks they may have been affected by the breach set up credit freezes with each of the three major credit monitoring agencies. Doing so is free, after the 2017 Equifax data breach caused federal lawmakers to restrict credit-monitoring agencies from charging consumers to freeze their credit.
Protzmann has been free after posting $10,000 bond.
He intends to enter a plea of not guilty, William Dow, his New Haven lawyer said this week. The attorney said they look forward to meeting the charges in court, and noted Protzmann has no prior criminal history.