Leroy Douglas has filed a complaint seeking criminal charges against state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 5 spokesman David Winchell.
North Elba Town Court officials confirmed Tuesday that the complaint has been filed, reviewed and forwarded to the office of the Essex County District Attorney for further review.
The complaint alleges that Winchell intentionally disclosed a sealed indictment - a class-B misdemeanor.
Douglas's complaint follows a motion for special prosecution filed by his attorney - Matt Norfolk - who's representing him in his ongoing battle with the state Adirondack Park Agency.
Though declining to comment Monday, Norfolk used the alleged leak as a basis for the need for a special prosecutor in the Clinton County felony case against Douglas.
"The state Department of Environmental Conservation, apparently in conjunction with the District Attorney's Office disseminated a press release entitled Clinton County Man Indicted and arraigned for environmental crimes," Norfolk writes.
Douglas - who is in a fierce legal battle with the APA and facing trial for a host of environmental charges - was indicted Jan. 4 in Clinton County Court. WNBZ received the press release from Winchell at 2:05 p.m., moments after Douglas's arraignment ended.
"In their zeal to publicly smear and embarrass Mr. Douglas, DEC and particular DEC employees - who are not investigating enforcement officers - have violated Penal Law 215.70 and Criminal Procedure Law 190.25," Norfolk writes. "It appears that the District Attorney's Office has assisted or enabled them to do so."
The press release in question detailed the numerous charges Douglas faces.
North Elba Town Court officials confirmed that only Winchell's name appears on the complaint, which makes no mention of Clinton County DA Andrew Wylie - or Douglas's prosecuting attorney, ADA Tim Blatchley.
Winchell declined comment Tuesday.