Former Harris County investigator indicted on felony charges

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HOUSTON - A former investigator for the Harris County Public Defender's Office was found guilty of a felony offense, said District Attorney Devon Anderson.

Eric Baumgart, 44, was found guilty of tampering with a governmental record and five misdemeanor offenses of violation of the private security act after writing a fake ticket to someone he knew in order to have a warrant issued for that person's arrest.

He was also a reserve deputy with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

Baumgart was sentenced to 90 days in jail, given five years probation and is required to do 200 hours of community service. He is also subject to drug testing.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Baumgart was illegally providing security for several businesses. He was required to have a security officer license, but didn't. He was sentenced to two years probation and 10 days in jail for the offenses.

Because of his convictions, he will lose his TCLEOSE license, which allowed him to be a peace officer in Texas.

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