IT worker charged with gun possession on UNC-CH campus

glloyd@newsobserver.comNovember 13, 2012 

— An information technology manager at the UNC-Chapel Hill no longer works for the university after he was arrested on a felony charge of possessing a gun on campus.

The UNC-CH Police Department arrested Charles Hitlin, 42, of Pittsboro, on Thursday after officers found a 9mm handgun while searching his office at the Gillings School of Public Health.

Campus police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were executing a search warrant for an ongoing computer crime investigation into Hitlin when they found the gun, UNC-CH Department of Public Safety spokesman Randy Young said. Hitlin was not in the office when the gun was found, and Young would not confirm whether the gun could be related to the computer crime investigation.

Hitlin was released Thursday from the Orange County Jail on $10,000 secured bond with a Jan. 11 court date. He was the head of IT at the School of Public Health for the past six years. He began working at the university in 2001 and earned a salary of $91,705 before his employment ended Monday.

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