The school district employee who has been on paid leave since the theft of a laptop computer containing sensitive student information has resigned.

The school district employee who has been on paid leave since the theft of a laptop computer containing sensitive student information has resigned.

District human resources director Sonia Postema said computer technician Nathan Wagner's signed letter of resignation was scanned into an e-mail he sent her on Sept. 12.

Dackin said the district's investigation is complete and officials are waiting for the Columbus police department to finish its investigation into the theft of the computer from Wagner's vehicle before sharing any details.

"From our perspective, as we gathered our own internal data and also sharing information with the police, I think the young man thought it appropriate to tender his resignation," Dackin said. "As I said all along, from our perspective, he exercised really poor judgment on a number of occasions -- the data piece, the failure to secure the equipment, all of those things were poor judgment on his part.

"I think he came to the conclusion that it was in his best interest to tender his resignation."

Columbus police Detective Kevin Wangler said Tuesday there have been numerous thefts from vehicles in the Hilliard-Rome Road and Trabue Road area, which is where Wagner's vehicle was parked when the computer was taken.

"We've had numerous vehicle break-ins up there over the last couple of months or so and our strategic response bureau is working on trying to rectify that situation, but that is a problem we do have in that area," he said. "Our hot items up there tend to be laptops and GPS units, and it's pretty much a smash-and-grab type of thing."

Wangler said the investigation is continuing.

Dackin said Wagner had no prior disciplinary or work-related problems.

"There was no prior history of any performance issue in the district. We've never had an issue with him," Dackin said.

The laptop computer, which contained the Social Security numbers, names and addresses of 4,259 students, was stolen during the weekend of Aug. 23 from Wagner's vehicle. He alerted officials on Aug. 25, and an investigation was launched by the school district's insurance company and Columbus police.

Postema said the district is working out details about posting a notice to hire a replacement for Wagner.

Dackin said a review of the district's current security measures for its existing data system is under way. He encouraged all parents to visit the school's Web site periodically at www.reyn.org for additional updates as they become available.

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