Hamilton County court clerk accused of passing sensitive info onto suspected drug dealer

Hamilton County court clerk accused of passing sensitive info onto suspected drug dealer
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An employee with the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts is accused of passing sensitive information onto a suspected drug dealer that jeopardizes police and their confidential informants.

Yakima Boyd, 45, is facing two counts of tampering with records, both third-degree felonies, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

"She was taking sealed search warrant information and providing it to bad actors who could then either arm themselves when police went to execute that search warrant or seek out the private individuals who were assisting law enforcement," said assistant Hamilton County prosecutor David Wood during Boyd's bond hearing Thursday morning. "All of those literally create life and death situations."

Earnest Bryant, 49, of North College Hill, was named as a co-defendant.

Authorities say they raided Bryant's apartment on Flora Avenue and found a weapon and more than $200,000 worth of cocaine.

"She does not know Mr. Bryant, does not have any dealings with Mr. Bryant and is not associated with him in any way," said Boyd's attorney, Clyde Bennett. "You're looking at a woman who has lived her entire life in a law abiding, productive fashion who has been an exemplary employee for the Clerk of Courts here in Hamilton County for 22 years and has no criminal record. This is totally inconsistent with the person she has been her entire life."

Boyd was held on $12,000 secured bonds, which she posted, according to Bennett.

Bryant was held on $55,000 bonds.

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