HAILEY, Idaho — A former Blaine County sheriff’s deputy in central Idaho has been found guilty of stealing from a police program.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports (http://bit.ly/2wK1KFe) that a Blaine County jury late last week convicted 40-year-old Chad Schiermeier of felony grand theft.

Fifth District Court Judge Jonathan Brody deemed Schiermeier a flight risk and ordered him held without bail until his Nov. 7 sentencing. He faces up to 14 years in state prison.

Authorities say Schiermeier served as director of the Police Activities League at Wood River Middle School in Hailey, part of a national program to prevent juvenile crime.

Prosecutors say he made unauthorized purchases totaling about $80,000 from 2009 to 2015.

Authorities say Schiermeier bought high-end hunting and camping equipment, including cameras, binoculars, video equipment and truck accessories.

Information from: Idaho Mountain Express, http://www.mtexpress.com

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