A former Dakota County employee pleaded guilty Thursday after being accused of improperly handling government information about a case involving state Reps. Tara Mack and Tim Kelly.

Thomas Berry was charged last year after he forwarded a confidential Dakota County work e-mail to his home — a message that gave identifying details of the two legislators who were cited for “making out” in a parked car in Eagan.

Berry was one of 33 employees who received via e-mail an Aug. 26 report that detailed the “parks activity.” It included nine incidents and five names and other details such as dates of birth and addresses.

Berry printed out the report and also forwarded a copy to his home computer, according to the complaint filed by prosecutor Michael Molenda in Dakota County Court. The information eventually made its way to local media.

Berry will serve a year of probation and pay a $345 fine, his attorney said. Berry resigned from his Dakota County job.

J. Patrick Coolican