Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kansas police officer who sexted woman facing DUI charges pleads guilty to wire fraud

A Goddard, KS police officer pled guilty to a single count of wire fraud Wednesday, September 2, for sexting a picture of himself and demanding sex from a woman motorist in exchange for her DUI charges being dropped. Calvin Schaffer, 44, was charged with wire fraud because his actions defrauded the citizens of Goddard, KS of his honest services as a police officer, according to U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch.

In his plea, Schaffer admitted to arresting a woman for driving under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 27, as well as later contacting the woman and suggesting he could arrange for the charge to be dismissed if she would have sex with him, Welch said. Prosecutors said Schaffer used police department computers to send e-mails and photographs to the woman while he was on duty. Welch said Schaffer was partially undressed and nude in the photos.

The case became federal because the electronic correspondance traveled through servers on Virginia and California servers. Schaffer faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing November 16.

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