Former Norton parks and recreation maintenance supervisor Mike Lintz has been sentenced to federal prison for using his position to get sexual favors.
Tuesday morning at the U.S. district courthouse in Abingdon, Lintz, 52, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine, according to a press release from Rick Mountcastle, the acting U.S. attorney for Virginia’s western district.
Lintz pleaded guilty in October 2016 to one count of obstructing justice and one count of using his authority to engage in coercive sexual relations with a woman during 2015.
According to prosecutors, Lintz supervised people who performed community service under a court order or a referral from a state probation and parole officer, and he “ensured that he supervised primarily female workers.”
In July 2015, he began supervising a woman whom prosecutors refer to as Female Worker 1. He allegedly showed her pornography on his phone and in his home and coerced her to perform oral sex on him at least three times, under the belief that he would adjust or report her community service hours favorably in return.
One sexual act allegedly took place in September 2015 after Lintz testified on behalf of Female Worker 1 in federal court over a drug charge. Later, he allegedly used his testimony to coerce her to perform the sexual favor.
In August 2015, prosecutors say, Lintz began supervising Female Worker 3. In February 2016, he allegedly showed her pornography and discussed having sex with her — comments that were captured on audio recordings.
Prosecutors claimed Lintz targeted “at least seven victims” over more than seven years.