A former Norton city employee has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for exchanging sex acts with workers he supervised in a community service program.
Parks and Recreation Supervisor Mike Lintz entered a guilty plea on charges of deprivation of rights under color of law and obstruction of justice.
Lintz was a designated site administrator for individuals needing to complete court-ordered community service. Authorities began to suspect misconduct when Lintz showed up in court in September 2015 to testify on behalf of one of the women who worked for him. A case agent at the testimony became suspicious and starting asking questions. Then, a federal investigation began. Agents identified at least seven women who came forward claiming Lintz demanded sexual favors in return for required community service hours. According to Acting United States Attorney Rick Mountcastle, Lintz threatened to send them to jail or ruin their community service if the women didn't comply.
Lintz's his attorney presented a number of letters from community members asking for leniency due to his service working for parks and rec and as a volunteer firefighter.
In addition to his two and a half year sentence, Lintz is also required to pay a $10,000 fine and will serve three years supervised release after prison. He is also required to complete training designated for sex offenders.