An Austin jury convicted a former Temple police officer Erick French of lying to federal authorities about revealing the existence of an ongoing investigation.

The 24-year-old from Copperas Cove was convicted of one count of making a false statement to federal invesigators.

Jurors found that on March 21, 2016, French provided false information to FBI agents in an attempt to hide the fact he had previously sent a text alerting a person about an ongoing investigation being done by the Temple Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit.

French also had a second charge of false statement for a matter when questioned by the FBI on March 16, 2016. However, he was acquitted of that charge.

The former officer faces up to five years in federal prison and a maximum $250

The conviction resulted from an investigation conducted by the FBI, DEA, and Temple PD.

Assistant United States Attorneys Dan Guess and Matt Harding are prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.