A sentencing hearing has been continued for a Columbus man found guilty July 10 of accessing his work computer after he was fired by a political consulting firm.
Nicholas Everhart, 36, of Columbus, former president of The Strategy Group For Media, a subdivision of The Strategy Group Co., was convicted on a charge of unauthorized use of cable or telecommunications property, a fifth-degree felony.
He was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Aug. 31, but on Aug. 28, his attorney, Anthony Heald, filed a motion to continue the hearing so that he and his client could resolve a case in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
Judge David Gormley granted the motion Aug. 28.
The hearing has not yet been rescheduled.
Everhart was prosecuted after he had asked a former coworker to transfer files after Everhart had been fired by The Strategy Group. Everhart said the files were family photos and videos. Prosecutors said business contacts were also transferred.
After deliberating for two hours, a Delaware County Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty to one of two charges filed against him.
He was acquitted on a second charge of unauthorized use of cable or telecommunications property that alleged he directed the same former coworker to access his boss’ email and find anything that might nullify Everhart’s non-compete agreement.
The trial lasted two days.