SFPD sergeant loses badge over misuse
of department data
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
April 12, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A San Francisco police sergeant
will be required to turn in his
badge for good following a settlement Tuesday in which he pleaded
guilty to one of 40 counts of misusing department data.
The deal means Andre Fontenot, who joined the department in September
1989, will have to resign from the San Francisco Police Department,
serve three years of probation and perform 200 hours of community
The district attorney's office agreed to drop the remaining 39
In January 2005, police Chief Heather Fong filed administrative
charges against Fontenot with the San Francisco Police Commission.
According to charging documents in the commission case, Fontenot
is suspected of making 129 "random queries" to databases
when he was assigned to the Southern Station as a patrol supervisor.
An anonymous complaint led to an investigation that showed Fontenot
allegedly sought information about 116 women and 13 men during
"There were no documented stops or other enforcement action
of any kind" following the queries, according to department
documents. "There was no enforcement action even when the
returned records indicated invalid licenses or suspended driving
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