DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN)— A former Dothan firefighter accused of illegally accessing sensitive information from Houston County law enforcement has had his bond permanently revoked for a previous theft charge.
In early June, Jesse Ryan Taylor was arrested and charged with twelve counts of Computer Tampering.
According to Dothan Police, Taylor, and Assistant Communication Director with the City of Dothan Communication Center, Amy Johnson Granberry, had illegally accessed sensitive information from law enforcement.
A week after his arrest, Judge Benjamin Lewis set Taylor’s bond for the computer tampering charges at $20,000. Still, he was not released due to already being out on a $180,000 bond for an indictment on a 2022 Theft of Property charge.
Taylor was accused of stealing Fentanyl from a Dothan Fire Station while employed as a Dothan Fireman.
According to Taylor’s attorney, Derek Yarborough, in court Wednesday, the state argued that Taylor was a threat to the community.
Yarborough believes they showed Taylor does not pose any danger to the community, and none of the information he was accused of accessing was for his benefit.
Houston County Judge Christopher Richardson agreed with the prosecution, permanently revoking Taylor’s bond for the Theft of Property charges.
On the same day Taylor and Granberry were arrested in June, former Houston County EMA Director Chris Judah was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into alleged misconduct. Taylor was a contract worker for Judah and the Houston County EMA Director at the time.
Shortly after being placed on leave, Judah resigned at the recommendation of the Houston County Commission.