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Former deputy sentenced for lying to investigators

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(WMC-TV) – A former Shelby County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to prison for lying to investigators and helping an inmate get out of jail.

"Law enforcement officials are held to a higher standard, and truthfulness and integrity are at the core of the law enforcement profession," said FBI Special Agent Aaron T. Ford in a written statement. "When an officer can no longer be trusted due to a lack of regard for the truth, the FBI will take action to ensure that justice is served because no one is above the law."

Eric Curtis was sentenced to more than two years behind bars after pleading guilty to making a false statement in August 2008.

Investigators say the 37-year-old told a judge that an undercover informant, who was on supervised release from prison, had provided numerous tips that had resulted in arrests.

However, investigators later learned that the arrests had been made based on information provided by a number of different informants, contrary to Curtis' testimony.

"Eric Curtis used his position as a Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy to blatantly deceive and lie to a United States District Court Judge and law enforcement officers," stated U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. "This type of conduct will not be tolerated, and we will continue to use every available resource to prosecute and bring to justice those individuals who seek to violate the public's trust."

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