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Former Memphis Police Officer Earns
12 Months Home Confinement For Computer Crime

October 1, 2012

Memphis, TN – Sean Michael Fritz, 37, of Marion, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 12 months
of home confinement and 4 years of probation following his admission that he inappropriately
used the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC)
database for non-law enforcement purposes while working as an officer with the Memphis Police
Department, announced United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.

In addition, Chief United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla sentenced Fritz to serve 3 years of
supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $5000 fine. Fritz appeared before McCalla on June
4, 2012, and entered a guilty plea to one count of fraud in connection with computers, in
violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2)(B) and (c)(2)(B)(i) and (ii).

Fritz was originally contacted by a confidential informant (CI) on May 11, 2011 to ask for
assistance in finding a watch dealer who had allegedly stolen a Rolex Presidential watch. On at
least two occasions, Fritz accessed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Crime
Information Center’s (NCIC) database for non-law enforcement purposes, in order to aid the CI.
When interviewed by agents from the FBI, Fritz denied accessing NCIC to aid the CI for any
illegal purpose.

“Today’s sentence demonstrates that those who uphold the law can expect to be held accountable
should they violate it,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton. “Fritz’s choice to ignore the laws he swore to
uphold damages the reputation of every honorable member of the Memphis Police Department,
and he must accept the consequences.”

“Citizens place their trust and confidence in law enforcement officers to serve and protect them,”
said Aaron T. Ford, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. “The FBI places a high priority on public corruption-based investigations and
when officers violate the laws that they have sworn to enforce, we will work with our law
enforcement partners to ensure that they are brought to justice.”

"As Director of Police Services, it is disheartening to know that an officer would think that he or
she is above the law. I will not tolerate this type of behavior and I will continue to weed out any
officer who chooses to violate the law," said Memphis Police Department Director Toney

This crime was investigated by the Tarnished Badge Task Force, which is comprised of
investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Police Department, and Shelby
County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian K.
Coleman on behalf of the federal government.

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