Man gets six months for not disclosing phone password
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.