Former County Jail Administrator Pleads Guilty To Tampering

A former Bowie county jail administrator pleads guilty to tampering with a government record.

Harry Bittlinger Jr. was arrested March 3, 2009 and charged with two indictments of tampering with a government record.

He was one of 20 people in the 2009 jail scandal that shut down the facility for several months and forced the county to spend more than $1 million for repairs for it to be certified.

Bittlinger pled guilty to one indictment related to falsifying a fire marshal's report, while the other indictment was dismissed. He received three years probation.

District Attorney Jack McGaughey said this was a third degree felony carrying a two to 10 year penalty and up to a $5,000 fine.