Former Police Officer Sentenced

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

September 22, 2006

A former Charlottesville police officer has been sentenced to three months in prison.

In June, Charles Saunders pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators.

At his sentencing hearing on Friday he apologized for his actions and for causing the police department stress.

Federal prosecutors accused Saunders and his partner, Roy Fitzgerald, of taking bribes of sex and money in exchange for overlooking illegal activities that took place at the former Maxx's Night Club.

Prosecutors also said Saunders accepted sex from an underage 16-year-old blind-folded girl.

“Having sex with an underage girl is not a federal crime. It's a state crime and there is nothing I can do about that,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Bondurant.

Saunders attorney Steve Goodwin told us that is not what happened and “that is an accusation we deny.”

Maxx's Night Club Manager Charles Phillips was sentenced to three years probation.

Fitzgerald was sentenced to three months in prison.

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