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Ex-local police officer convicted of lying to FBI

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Published: Nov. 2, 2016 at 3:28 PM CDT
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Former Temple police Officer Erick French II, 24, was convicted Wednesday in Austin of lying to FBI investigators to conceal the fact that he “sent a text message alerting an individual to an ongoing investigation,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Jurors convicted French, of Copperas Cove, of one count of making a false statement to federal investigators.

Sentencing was set for Jan. 20.

French, who remains free on a $25,000 bond, could be sentenced to as much as five years in federal prison and fined as much as $250,000.

French was arrested on Sept. 8 after he was named in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Austin that charges making false statements to federal investigators.

The indictment was handed up after an investigation that involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Temple police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

He’s accused of alerting an individual about an investigation being conducted by the Temple Police Department’s Special Investigations unit, according to the press release.

On March 11, an agent with the unit who was assigned to federal task force discovered that French “potentially compromised a federal investigation,” Temple police Officer Shawana Neely said in a press release after the arrest.

French was suspended indefinitely on July 29 for policy violations, Neely said.

He was on the Temple police force from Jan. 10, 2014 until his suspension, she said.

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