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Ex-Williamsport cop convicted in 2011 ordered to begin serving his sentence of probation

WILLIAM SPORT — A former Williamsport police lieutenant has been ordered to begin serving his 18 months’ probation on a five-year-old conviction.

Thomas H. Ungard Jr., 51, was sentenced in 2011 after a jury found him guilty of tampering with public records and obstruction of justice.

Since then he filed a series of appeals, including one to state Supreme Court, all of which were denied.

Potter County Senior Judge John B. Leete, who was assigned the case, denied Ungard’s latest appeal under the Post-Conviction Relief Act and ordered him to begin serving his sentence.

“Strangely, the defendant failed to report to Lycoming County Probation and has failed to commence his term of court-ordered probation,” he wrote in an order filed Friday.

Leete said he will schedule a hearing to determine Ungard’s financial status for a court-appointed attorney should he pursue another appeal.

But, the judge questioned what issues remain that have not already been resolved including ineffective counsel by a pre-trial lawyer and speedy trial rights violation.   

Ungard and Cpl. Dustin Kreitz were charged by the state attorney general’s office following a statewide grand jury investigation.

The investigation began after Ungard, then a lieutenant and head of the Lycoming County Drug Task Force, and then Police Chief John McKenna in June 2006 used a pickup truck forfeited by a drug dealer to pull Ungard’s boat to Canada for a fishing trip.

Two of the charges on which Ungard was found guilty involved in the transfer of two forfeited vehicles to another person and back to him.

The attorney general’s office withdrew most of the charges against Kreitz and in January 2012 he pleaded guilty to a count that as a public official he failed to report receipt of big-screen television from the task force, a misdemeanor for which he was fined $350.

Kreitz sought reinstatement to the force but reached an agreement with the city that allowed him to retire with a pension and health insurance benefits.

City Council approved the settlement to avoid arbitration that could have resulted in the city being ordered to pay $300,000 in back pay.

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