While Deputy Steven Fresorger was suspended from Saginaw County Sheriff Department....
....During an internal investigation into his alleged misuse of the county's LEIN system to 'stalk' his ex-girlfriend Tracey Moore and her boyfriends....
....And while Deputy Fresorger was being investigated by the Saginaw Township Police Department....
....For his May 07, 2011 alleged assault of his former girlfriend, Tracey Moore....
....Deputy Fresorger filed an emergency petition with the Saginaw County Friends Of the Court for custody of his and Tracey Moore's son. Deputy Fresorger was now claiming that Tracey had sexually abused their son.
Retaliation against Tracey for the LEIN investigation and the domestic violence investigation....Or, was Deputy Fresorger preparing a defense in case he was criminally charged with missue of the LEIN system?
According to the testimony of Joan Hogenson from the Saginaw County Friends of The Court [at Deputy Fresorger's August 2011 preliminary hearing], she had asked Deputy Fresorger if he used the county LEIN system to check on Tracey Moore's boyfriends....
....Deputy Fresorger replied: “I’ll check on people my son is around."
Tracey Moore immediately contacted the Saginaw County Sheriff, after Deputy Fresergor filed for custody of their son. Tracey claimed to the Sheriff, that Deputy Fresergor was stalking her.....
....Criminal charges for stalking were filed against Deputy Fresorger in June 2011....
....But like the May 2011 domestic violence assault complaint that Tracey filed with Saginaw Township Police, the stalking charges seem to have disappeared in the midst of the criminal cases against Deputy Fresorger....
Deputy Fresorger: Sentenced for misuse of LEIN [February 14, 2013]
Deputy Fresorger: Sentence 1 [June 29, 2009]
Deputy Fresorger: Sentence 2 [June 29, 2009]
Deputy Fresorger: Sentence 3 [June 29, 2009]
Deputy Fresorger: Sentence 4 [June 29, 2009]
Deputy Fresorger: Sentence 5 [June 29, 2009]
Deputy Fresorger: Plea agreement for misuse of LEIN [January 08, 2013]
Deputy Fresorger: Charged with misuse of LEIN [June 22, 2011]
Deputy Fresorger: Domestic violence complaints [May 07, 2011]
Deputy Fresorger: Unauthorized LEIN searches [September 6 - 7, 2010]
Deputy Fresorger: Unauthorized LEIN searches [July 17, 2010]
Deputy Fresorger: Unauthorized LEIN searches [May - June 2010]
Witness: Saginaw County sheriff's deputy ran names of ex-girlfriend's new boyfriends through LEIN system; discipline hearing coming soon
Published: Monday, August 22, 2011, 4:39 PM
Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011, 8:42 PM
SAGINAW — A Saginaw County sheriff’s deputy ran the names of his child’s mother’s new boyfriends through a statewide computerized information system, a witness testified today.
A decision on whether Steven T. Fresorger will stand trial on six felonies and seven misdemeanors for, prosecutors say, improperly running the names will have to wait until a later date, though.
Saginaw County District Judge Terry L. Clark this afternoon heard testimony from six witnesses in the preliminary hearing for Fresorger, 41, of Saginaw Township. Because Fresorger’s attorney, James F. Piazza, had another scheduled hearing, Clark postponed the remainder of the hearing until a later date.
The hearing is intended for a judge to determine whether probable cause exists for trial in Circuit Court.
Fresorger is charged with five felony counts of impermissible use of personal information he obtained through the Law Enforcement Information Network, or LEIN, five misdemeanor counts of unauthorized disclosure of information from LEIN and one felony count of using computers to commit a crime.
Elizabeth Canfield, a state police analyst of LEIN, testified that Fresorger — or, at least, someone using Fresorger’s user identification and password — used LEIN terminals to run information checks, but not criminal history checks, on John A. Warner, John P. Warner, Michael Stoll, Michael M. “Marty” Stoll, and Brandon Wakeman.
Fresorger’s ex-girlfriend, Tracy Moore, testified that she dated John A. Warner in 2009 and “Marty” Stoll and Wakeman in 2010. Moore said that Fresorger told her that each of the three men had drug charges.
Canfield testified that Fresorger searched for a “John Warner” once between May and July 2009 and followed that by searching more specifically for John A. Warner and John P. Warner. John P. Warner testified that he has never been to Saginaw County and didn’t know Fresorger, while John A. Warner now lives in San Francisco, Moore said.
Fresorger on July 17, 2010, searched 11 times for “Marty” Stoll and once for Michael Stoll, Canfield said. On Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, he searched for Wakeman’s name four times, Canfield said.
“Marty” Stoll testified he knew of Fresorger “through mutual friends” but never had contact with him a sheriff’s deputy. Stoll testified that he possessed marijuana with Moore at one time, but Clark did not allow him to answer further questions from Piazza to avoid incriminating himself.
Somebody from either the Saginaw Police Department or Michigan State Police searched for Wakeman on Sept. 4, Canfield said. Wakeman, who said he never met or had contact with Fresorger, said he was arrested for drunken driving by a state police trooper that day.
Piazza said one of Fresorger’s defenses will be that as a deputy, he could check on Stoll’s and Wakeman’s backgrounds. A defense regarding Warner was not mentioned today, but Piazza likely will address it at the continuation of the hearing.
Canfield testified that the searches Fresorger conducted were only for driver’s license information, such as date of birth and an individual’s driver’s operator code — information protected through the state LEIN statute.
Days after Fresorger filed an “emergency petition” for sole custody of their 5-year-old son, based on accusations that Moore sexually assaulted the child, Moore sent a letter to county Sheriff William L. Federspiel, claiming that Fresorger was stalking her.
Fresorger was charged in late June. Joan Hogenson, who provides custody and parenting recommendations for the Saginaw County Friend of the Court, testified she interviewed Fresorger and Moore. When she asked Fresorger if he used LEIN to research Warner, he said, “I’ll check on people my son is around,” Hogenson said.
Hogenson acknowledged, however, that Fresorger did not actually admit to using LEIN to “check on” those people.
Federspiel on June 24 suspended Fresorger without pay in connection with the charges.
That suspension was pending the completion of an internal investigation, Federspiel said. He gave Fresorger notice of possible discipline earlier this month, he said, to which Fresorger had 14 days to respond.
Those 14 days expired “late last week,” Federspiel said, and Fresorger did not respond. The sheriff now must conduct a “Loudermill hearing” to “determine what I’m going to do with any type of discipline,” he said.
Federspiel said he will conduct the hearing “in the next 10 days” and will “make a decision based on the outcome of the internal investigation.” Discipline could include termination, he said.
The charge of using computers to commit a crime carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison or a $5,000 fine. The charge of impermissible use of personal information carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and the charge of unauthorized disclosure of information from the LEIN system carries a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail.
Fresorger remained free today on a $1,000 or 10 percent bond
Sheriff's deputy could face 11 criminal charges
Friday, June 24, 2011
SAGINAW COUNTY -- (06/24/11) -- A Saginaw County sheriff's deputy could be fired now that he is facing 11 criminal charges.
He's accused of using a state-wide Law Enforcement Information Network for personal purposes, but he might also be charged in another case.
Steve Fresorger was formally charged on Wednesday, but the Saginaw County prosecutor is reviewing another criminal complaint involving the deputy.
In 2008, Fresorger was featured in an ABC12 story for helping save the life of a man who collapsed in a meeting. But now, the 41-year-old deputy is free on bond after being charged with six felonies and five misdemeanors.
"It's very difficult. It's never easy for anyone, but especially for one of your own. It's a sad day for Saginaw County," said Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel.
All of the criminal charges pertain to Fresorger's alleged personal use of the state's Law Enforcement Information Network, or LEIN, a system used by law enforcement agencies across the state.
"Run secretary of state information, license plates, we can find out owner information on vehicles. It must be utilized for professional purposes only, it cannot be utilized for personal purposes at all," Federspiel said.
While the sheriff won't disclose what Fresorger was allegedly looking for in the LEIN system, Fresorger is also under investigation for a domestic situation involving an ex-girlfriend at a Saginaw Township little league field on May 7.
"She alleges that there was a confrontation on the field between him and her and he grabbed her right arm and pulled her off the field," said Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl.
That incident was investigated by the Saginaw Township Police Department.
"This is a separate incident that was reported to us. It was investigated and this case has been turned over to the prosecutor for review," Pussehl said.
Federspiel says Fresorger will be put on unpaid administrative leave today, and a decision on whether he will be fired will be made next week following an internal affairs investigation.
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