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Probe » Torgensen apparently directed deletion of a ‘‘large volume’’ of emails.

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The House report noted — in the context of the mass deletion and data loss by Swallow — that Torgensen had directed his secretary to go to the office over the Christmas break in 2010-11 and delete numerous emails from his computer.

Investigators received conflicting information about the incident, but did not dig further because "these events appeared less central to the committee’s mandate." Investigators also did not reveal whether they determined the content of the emails but noted the messages may be relevant to future inquiries.

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New Attorney General Sean Reyes dropped Torgensen from his leadership post and tapped Spencer Austin to oversee the criminal sector.

Office spokeswoman Missy Larsen said the removal had nothing to do with allegations about Torgensen’s past or his relationships with Swallow and Shurtleff.

"Reyes just wanted to have his own team," she said.

Since the shuffle, Torgensen has been running trainings and attending conferences, Larsen said, but has yet to be assigned a more permanent position.

mlang@sltrib.com, gehrke@sltrib.com

Twitter: @Marissa_Jae


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