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An information technology specialist who worked under contract for the Charlestown Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island has been stripped of system access and suspended indefinitely after police said he was charged in late January with possession of crystal meth.

The specialist, Jonathan J. Santos, 44, of Coventry, was arrested by the Westerly police early Jan. 29 with one count of possession of a narcotic substance. He was arraigned later that day in Fourth Division District Court.

Santos was an employee of Versatile Technologies LLC, a Coventry-based IT contacting company, and also worked as a contractor through DMY Inc., an engineering and geotechnical analysis firm. In his role with Versatile Technologies, he provided services to the police in Charlestown, Scituate and West Greenwich. Town Administrator Mark Stankiewicz said he had also provided services for Charlestown Town Hall.

"The town was alerted the day of the arrest and contacted Versatile principal Daniel Yee," Stankiewicz said. "Mr. Yee took immediate steps to secure both the CPD and Town Hall systems from unauthorized access, to restrict administrator functions as well as taking normal precautions such as changing passwords."

Versatile Technologies took similar steps to protect other clients across the state, according to police and court records.

Stankiewicz said Tuesday that the town met with Yee a second time to confirm that the precautions it had taken were effective in restricting Santos' access and protecting the integrity of the systems.

"At this point, we are confident the system has been secured and no unauthorized access was granted," he said. "We are also implementing enhancements within our IT functions for added protection of data that is stored on the town’s site."

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said officers arrested Santos around 1:10 a.m. after an investigation into a suspicious SUV that was parked at the entrance to Providence Coal Fired Pizza on Granite Street after the restaurant had closed.

An officer on regular patrol noticed the 2010 Lincoln MKX in the parking lot with the engine running and the lights on at about 12:30 a.m., Lacey said. The officer investigated when he found the vehicle still running about a half hour later. According to a police report, Santos was slumped over the wheel with his pants undone and pulled down.

The officer banged on the window to wake him up, and then spoke with Santos, who was nervous and showed signs of intoxication, the report said. A broken glass pipe could be seen on the floor of the passenger's side, and a butane lighter was tucked beneath Santos' leg, the police said.

He was given a field sobriety test and arrested. During a search of the car, Lacey said officers discovered a second glass pipe and 2.3 grams of a clear crystal substance that tested positive as crystal meth. The substance was sent to state laboratories for further analysis, police said.

After his arraignment, Santos was released on a promise to appear, and is due in Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening in April, according to court records.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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