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NEA employee charged in Gablinske case

November 30, 2010

Departing state Representative Douglas Gablinske of Bristol was a lightning rod for organized labor, in part due to his acerbic remarks about unions. Now, as Channel 12’s Tim White reports, an employee of the National Education Association Rhode Island has been arrested after being accused of impersonating Gablinske via computer:

John Leidecker of Cranston was charged with a misdemeanor – use of false information – under the state computer crimes act, according to Lt. Steven Contente of the Bristol Police Department. He is expected to be arraigned later today at Kent County Courthouse.

Leidecker is one of eight assistant executive directors at the National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEARI), according to the union’s website . Its executive director, Robert Walsh, is a member of Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee’s transition advisory committee.

Lt. Contente said Rep. Gablinske filed a complaint with the police prior to the Nov. 2 election alleging that someone was sending out e-mails falsely claiming to be from him.

Members of the Bristol Police and the Rhode Island State Police served a search warrant Tuesday morning at Leidecker’s house and the NEARI headquarters, both in Cranston. Contente said computer equipment was seized.

Gablinske called the allegations against Leidecker an example of “union thuggery.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim McMahon permalink
    November 30, 2010 4:02 pm

    Really can’t say I’m surprised in the least little bit. Pretty much what confirms my opinion of the union. Use of the word “thuggery” is pretty interesting.

  2. Richard Langseth permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:51 am

    This is how he signs his letters — hardly “just an employee!”

    In Solidarity,
    John Leidecker
    Assistant Executive Director


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