San Francisco police sergeant faces 40 felony counts
for alleged misuse of criminal databases
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
August 15, 2006
A veteran San Francisco police sergeant is facing 40 felony
counts connected to his alleged misuse of confidential criminal
databases, the district attorney's office confirmed this evening.
Sgt. Andre Fontenot was arrested yesterday after an 18-month
investigation by the San Francisco Police Department's Special
Investigations Division revealed evidence he had accessed database
information for persona reasons.
In January 2005, Police Chief Heather Fong filed administrative
charges in connection with Fontenot's alleged transgressions with
the city's Police Commission.
For each of his 20 alleged victims, Fontenot faces two felony
counts of wrongfully controlling data and using data from a network
without permission, according to the San Francisco district attorney's
"In San Francisco, if you violate the public trust, whether
you wear a tie or a badge, you will be vigorously prosecuted,"
District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a statement.
Fontenot, 46, joined the department in September of 1989. Police
say he was booked into San Francisco County Jail this evening
and was released after posting bail.
He will be arraigned Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court.
He has been suspended without pay.
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