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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- When it comes to police work, some cases depend on undercover informants.
If those informants' identities are made public, it can be dangerous for everyone involved.
WDRB uncovered a case in Clark County that resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old courthouse employee who did just that.
That employee is said to have gotten access to confidential information and then leaked it on Facebook which police say has resulted in death threats to the informant.
Charlestown Police started investigating after they were contacted by one of their confidential informants.
She said someone had posted on Facebook calling her a "snitch."
Since those posts, she says known drug dealers in Charlestown are threatening her safety.
"She's been getting threatened. She's been getting death threats. Everywhere she goes if certain individuals see her, they harass her. She gets called names. The biggest part of that is the death threats," said Jason Broady, Charlestown Assistant Chief of Police.
Broady says 20-year-old Destiny Bratcher was arrested on accusations of accessing information regarding that confidential informant.
"She was arrested and charged with the release of confidential information, intimidation and obstruction of justice and I believe false informing," Broady told WDRB.
It's believed Bratcher works in the mailroom at the Clark County Courthouse and gained access to the information through the website Odyssey, which requires a non-public log in.
Officials say she got her hands on information that should only be accessible by court and law enforcement officials.
"If you log in using a username and password, you can find the information which was sealed," he said.
Bratcher was taken in for questioning before being arrested.
"By the end of it, she had admitted she had accessed sealed court documents," Broady said.
Police are unsure of Bratcher's motives behind leaking the information.
"I can't speculate as to why she did it. I wish she wouldn't have done it. She's put herself in trouble and this particular informant in harm's way -- and our officers -- and that's something we don't take lightly," Broady told WDRB.
Broady says it's uncommon for such sensitive information to be made public and they'll continue to look for ways to prevent it.
"There's no sure fire way to prevent it. All we can do is take all means necessary and everything we can do to try to prevent it from happening."
Bratcher has a court date of Sept. 5th when police say she'll be informed of her formal charges.