FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A former Fort Wayne firefighter was sentenced to only probation after his stalking charge was dropped.
Fort Wayne’s NBC News previously reported that 49-year-old Michael Moring, a 15-year veteran on the Fort Wayne Fire Department, was accused of stalking a local woman for nearly a year.
According to probable cause documents, the stalking occurred from April of 2016 to February of 2017. Police said he would send her vulgar texts, pictures and videos that were sexual in nature, some of which depicting bestiality.
In March of 2018, the Fire Merit Commission unanimously voted to suspend Moring without pay.
Initially, Moring was facing one felony count of stalking in the case. But in court on Friday, he entered a plea agreement and the stalking charge was dismissed.
He was given one year of probation for a charge of harassment. He was also ordered to terminate his employment with the Fire Department and was issued a no contact order.
The Judge in the case called the sentence a ‘gift’.