A former chief investigator for the Harris County Public Defender's Office, who also served as a reserve deputy with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, has been convicted in a tampering case.
Eric Baumgart, 44, was found guilty of tampering with a governmental record, a felony offense, in addition to five misdemeanor offenses of violation of the Private Security Act, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced on Monday.
Baumgart was the chief investigator when the offense was reported. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years of probation on the tampering charge, as well as a requirement to complete 200 hours of community service.
The charge was based on a "fake ticket" that Baumgart issued to someone that he knew in order to have a warrant issued for that person's arrest. He will also be subject to alcohol and drug testing.
Baumgart was found guilty of multiple violations of the Private Security Act in early March.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office civil rights division says that Baumgart was illegally providing security for several businesses. As a reserve deputy, Baumgart was required to have a security officer license, which he did not possess. For the misdemeanor offenses, Baumgart was sentenced to two years of probation and ten days in jail.
As a result of his convictions, Baumgart will lose his TCLEOSE license, which allowed him to serve as a peace officer in Texas.