Liberty County Reserve Deputy Found Guilty of Felony Tampering with Governmental Record
HOUSTON, April 16, 2014 – Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced Monday March 24, 2014 that Eric Baumgart, age 44, was found guilty of the felony offense of Tampering with a Governmental Record, and the five misdemeanor offenses of Violation of the Private Security Act.
At the time of the felony offense, Baumgart was an investigator for the Harris County Public Defender’s Office and a Reserve Deputy with the Liberty County Constable Pct 4's Office under former Constable Chad Pafford.
Baumgart was sentenced to ninety days in jail and given five years probation on the Tampering with a Governmental charge, which is a state jail felony. He is also required to do 200 hours of community service and is subject to alcohol and drug testing. The conviction stems from a “fake ticket” Baumgart wrote to someone he knew in an effort to have a warrant issued for their arrest.
Earlier this month, Eric Baumgart was found guilty of multiple Violations of the Private Security Act. The Harris County District Attorney’s Civil Rights Division says Baumgart was illegally providing security for several businesses. Baumgart, as a reserve deputy, was required to have a security officer license, which he did not. For these offenses, Baumgart was sentenced to two years probation and ten days in jail.
As a result of his convictions, Baumgart will lose his TCLEOSE license, which allowed him to be a peace officer in Texas.