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Church member busted for computer theft after asking tech support to remove porn block

By David Edwards
Thursday, August 8, 2013 14:24 EDT
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Troy Ridling arrested for stealing church computer (Tulsa County Jail)
 
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A man who attended services at Owasso First Assembly of God in Oklahoma allegedly stole one of the church’s computers, and he might have gotten away with it if he hadn’t called technical support for assistance in removing the pornography filter.

KMRG reported that Troy Ridling confessed and was arrested on Tuesday for stealing a computer from the Oklahoma church, where he had been a member of the congregation.

The church had reported the theft over two weeks earlier, and police suspected an inside job because there were no signs of a break in.

The first big lead in the case came when Covenant Eyes, which provides tracking software to the church, called an employee to let them know that someone had been trying to access porn on the stolen computer. And Ridling had even called Covenant Eyes asking them to remove the filtering software so he could freely access pornographic websites, police said.

After his arrest, Ridling denied stealing the computer before eventually confessing to police.

Ridling was charged with burglary 2nd degree and possession of stolen property. He was released from the Tulsa County Jail on Wednesday after providing a $6,500 bond.

[Photo credit: Tulsa County Jail]

(h/t: Gizmodo)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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