June 19, 2006
Former police officers may be spending time behind bars. Serious charges of bribery and corruption surround the Charlottesville Police Department as two former officers plead guilty to lying to investigators.
Two former cops stood before a judge and entered their guilty plea, saying they lied to federal agents about being involved in corruption.
Former veteran officers, Charles Saunders and Roy Fitzgerald were indicted in April of last year for taking bribes.
In court prosecutors said the former officers received money and adult entertainment in exchange for overlooking illegal activity at the former Maxx's Nightclub in Charlottesville.
Court documents stated the officers often came into the club while they were on duty and in uniform. In one instance, they let the club's former manager get away with drunk driving.
Since the former officers pleaded guilty to a felony charge, they both could face up to 5 years in prison. Currently both of them are free on bond, awaiting sentencing.
City officials tell us the former officers have resigned from the Charlottesville Police Department. They will be sentenced on September 22.