Terry Childs Ordered to Pay Over $1.4 Million in Restitution

May 18, 2011

ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167


SAN FRANCSICO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Terry Childs, age 45, Court Number 2376395, was ordered yesterday to pay $1,485,791 in restitution to the Department of Technology.

“This ruling shows that the defendant’s misconduct was the proximate cause of the expenses and costs employed by the Department of Technology,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. “It is important to note that the actions taken by the Department of Technology to save the system following the criminal conduct of Terry Childs were reasonable and foreseeable.”On May 17, 2011, the Honorable Teri L. Jackson of San Francisco Superior Court ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $1,485,781 to the Department of Technology. Judge Jackson also held that the $11,000 found on the defendant at the time of his arrest will be put towards the restitution he now owes.

The defendant was found guilty by a jury on April 27, 2010 of withholding the passwords to the San Francisco City and County FiberWAN computer system in violation of California Penal Code Section 502(c)(5) and taking, damaging or destroying property in excess of $200,000 pursuant to Penal Code section 12022.6(a)(2). The defendant was a network administrator for the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Technology responsible for the City’s FiberWAN network system.

Defendant Childs was arrested on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at his home in Pittsburg, California by members of the San Francisco Police Department and was immediately taken into custody. On August 6, 2010, the defendant was sentenced to four years in prison.

Conrad Del Rosario is the Assistant District Attorney who tirelessly prosecuted the case.