For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: August 16, 2013
Bingham Memorial Hospital CEO Pleads Guilty to Stalking Charge
(Boise) – Louis Kraml, the Chief Executive Officer of Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, entered a plea of guilty today to a misdemeanor charge of stalking in the second degree, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.
Prior to Kraml's plea entry, the Seventh District Court unsealed indictments which were handed down by the Bingham County Grand Jury on June 19, 2013. The indictments charged Kraml, and former hospital Information Technology Department employees Jack York, Chris Behunin and Tyler Lassen, with various violations of the Idaho wiretap statute. According to the indictments, the defendants intercepted and recorded phone calls made by and to former hospital doctor Robert Rosin and his staff between June 2009 and August 2010.
Pursuant to a plea agreement, the Office of the Attorney General, acting as Special Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney, filed an amended indictment today charging Kraml with stalking in the second degree. District Judge David Nye sentenced Kraml to 30 days in jail, one year on probation and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. The court suspended the jail sentence and entered a withheld judgment.
Despite several attempts, authorities were unable to serve a summons upon Mr. York and he did not appear in court today. As a result, the Court issued a warrant for York's arrest, at the request of Deputy Attorney General Jason Spillman.
The Attorney General's Office dismissed the cases against Behunin and Lassen, noting that although there was evidence Behunin and Lassen violated the statute, the investigation revealed they were acting solely as directed by their superiors and they cooperated fully with the Attorney General's investigation.
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