Man gets six months for not dis­clos­ing phone pass­word

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — An­drew Blake

A Florida man was sen­tenced to nearly six months be­hind bars Tues­day for fail­ing to give in­ves­ti­ga­tors the pass­word to un­lock his An­droid smart­phone.

Christo­pher Wheeler, 41, was or­dered to spend 180 days in jail for a con­tempt-of-court con­vic­tion handed down early last month for fail­ing to open his phone to au­thor­i­ties prob­ing a child abuse case in­volv­ing his 8-yearold daugh­ter.

Mr. Wheeler was ar­rested March 6 for ag­gra­vated child abuse, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and child ne­glect af­ter de­tec­tives say he re­peat­edly as­saulted his daugh­ter, caus­ing “se­vere bruis­ing, swelling and scratches,” ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in Broward County Cir­cuit Court.

Po­lice seized Mr. Wheeler’s An­droid smart­phone and ar­gued it con­tains pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence of his al­leged crimes.

He has failed to pro­vide the pass­word for au­thor­i­ties to gain ac­cess to its data.

Judge Michael Roth­schild held Mr. Wheeler in con­tempt on May 12 and handed down the 180-day sen­tence dur­ing a hear­ing Tues­day in Fort Laud­erdale, the Mi­ami Her­ald re­ported.

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