Concord Ex-Cop Convicted, Sentenced to 2.5 Years for Rx Thefts from Seniors

A former Concord police officer accused of stealing prescription drugs from elderly residents to satisfy his own addiction was convicted today and sentenced to 2.5 years in jail with the option to serve part of his sentence in a locked-down treatment facility.

Matthew Switzer, 38, pleaded no contest  in a Martinez courtroom to two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary, one count of fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs and one count of elder abuse, according to prosecutors.

"The sentence is a recognition that this is a serious offense committed by a peace officer, however it balances the need to potentially rehabilitate him and the opportunity for rehabilitation is part of the sentence," said Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Barry Grove.

"If he takes of advantage of that, hopefully he can be rehabilitated, and if he doesn't he'll have a long stay in county jail and we'll probably be seeing him again," he said.

Switzer made a brief apology to the court and to the victims in the case during his court appearance today.

He has been in custody at the county jail in Martinez since he turned himself in on the charges in early April and immediately resigned from his post as a K-9 officer with the Concord Police Department.

Concord police Chief Guy Swanger alerted the district attorney's office after getting a tip from a resident in February about Switzer's crimes.

Prosecutors said the defendant used his position as a police officer to enter the homes of several seniors in Concord and steal a powerful prescription drug called Norco.

He also obtained medication using multiple phony prescriptions, according to Grove. Harry Stern, Switzer's attorney, has said that his client developed a prescription drug addiction after using the medication to cope with an undisclosed injury and to ease his PTSD.

Stern said his client has a good reputation in the community and family members who he said have rallied to support Switzer since his arrest.

Previous coverage:

Addiction & PTSD Made Him Do It! Attorney for Concord Ex-Cop Explains Alleged Rx Thefts.

Concord Cop Accused of Swiping Rx Drugs Resigns.

Concord Cop Charged With Stealing Rx Drugs From Seniors.

--Bay City News


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