Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:53 AM by Jacqueline Quynh - MTN News
MISSOULA - A Missoula County Sheriff's deputy who was fired for an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old boy will not be getting any jail time after pleading guilty in Missoula Justice Court on Tuesday.
Former Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Schwindt pleaded guilty before Judge John Odlin to misdemeanor counts of official misconduct while he was a deputy and unlawful transactions with children.
A third charge of prostitution was dismissed under a plea agreement with the Missoula County Attorney's Office.
Schwindt was sentenced to serve one year, but that was suspended. He will have to pay more than $1,000 as a result of the deal.
"Mr. Schwindt, I intend that this is a zero tolerance suspended sentence, and if I hear of any instances where you violate any of these conditions, I will file a petition to revoke, seek a warrant for your arrest, and seek a jail sentence if you are found in violation of the conditions of this. I just want you to understand that right now," Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said in court.
Prosecutors say Schwindt posed as a girl on Craigslist to bait the teen, with court documents alleging the two had a sexual encounter and that Schwindt continued to try and persuade the boy to engage in sex again, in exchange for alcohol.
Court papers state that Schwindt tried to keep in contact with the victim from March 2012 until January of this year.