District Attorney Launches Criminal Investigation Into St. Charles Data Breach

Deschutes County, Ore. – Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel has launched a criminal investigation into the apparent breach of patient records at St. Charles Health System.

“I was dismayed to learn via media reports that apparently a St. Charles employee impermissibly accessed records of thousands of patients,” said Hummel. “An alleged breach of this magnitude should have been reported to local police so that a proper criminal investigation could be conducted – as far as I’m aware this did not happen.”

Hummel will work with local law enforcement to ensure that all relevant facts are detected and then conduct a legal analysis to determine if any criminal laws were violated. At the conclusion of the investigation Hummel will announce his findings, and if warranted, file criminal charges.