ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A fired Arlington police officer, caught up in a department wide steroid scandal, will spend a year and a day in jail for his attempt to protect an alleged drug dealer.
Former officer Thomas Kantzos, 45, plead guilty to one count of Exceeding Authorized Access to a Protected Computer. Prosecutors say Kantzos improperly used a police computer to help tip off his steroids dealer.
Kantzos admitted to using a computer system reserved for law enforcement at the request of the suspected drug dealer to warn him about police surveillance. Kantzos used the computer in his patrol car, while on duty, to “run” the license plate number provided to him by the suspected drug dealer, even though he knew it was illegal to do so.
Kantzos will report to the Bureau of Prisons on April 1, 2014. He was facing a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Kantzos was an 18-year veteran the Arlington Police Department. He was fired after his arrest in June.
Another officer, David Vo, 35, was also implicated in the drug ring and was arrested for allegedly buying and distributing illegal steroids. He committed suicide in June after bonding out of jail.
©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
- Pedestrian Safety A Growing Concern In Fort Worth’s West 7th Area
- #MeToo Making Hollywood Scandal Resonate With Women In North Texas
- Driver Of Deadly Immigrant Smuggling Run Pleads Guilty
- NFLPA To Appeal Ezekiel Elliott Case To New York Court
- LOOK: Rescued Dog Receives Life-Saving Midnight Grooming
- Azle Residents Take Quake Concerns To Austin
- Cowboys’ Romo Update: Complication In Back Surgery
- TCU Students Demand Higher Quality Toilet Paper
- Norovirus May Have Sickened Hundreds At School
- McKinney Native Busts Through Sochi Hotel Door
- PHOTOS: Your Pet Pictures