Boise police say a man angry at the Egyptian Theatre for firing him got his revenge by crashing the theater’s website.
Now Cole A. Butler faces a felony computer crime charge and a possible five-year prison term if convicted.
Police say Butler, 21, deleted the theater’s website on May 17 or 18 and replaced it with a page bearing a message that said a specific manager “sucks” and “You should have given me credit,” according to court records obtained by the Idaho Statesman Wednesday.
Police say Butler wanted credit for work he did on the Egyptian’s website, according to court records.
Theater employees contacted police, who were able to trace the IP address of the computer where the changes were made to a residence where Butler had lived.
A $10,000 arrest warrant for Butler on the felony charge of computer crime was issued in June.
Boise police arrested Butler Tuesday night after a patrol officer said he saw Butler drive a car straight through a turn-only lane in the eastbound lanes of Overland Road near Vista Avenue around 8 p.m.
During the traffic stop, police determined Butler had the active felony warrant.
Butler was booked into jail and released after posting a $10,000 bond. A court date will be set for later this winter.
Butler also is charged with misdemeanor counts of driving without a valid license and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the traffic stop.
Police say Butler is charged with a felony computer crime because he deprived the Egyptian of possible revenue when he deleted the website and cost the company money to rebuild its website. Those actions meet the requirements of a felony computer crime under Idaho Code, officials say.
Investigators say it appears Butler was angry because he felt the supervisor used his ideas on the website after he was fired and that he felt he was not properly compensated for work that he did, according to court records.
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