HAILEY, Idaho - A former central Idaho sheriff's deputy who was found guilty of stealing from a police program was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that 40-year-old Chad Schiermeier was handed the maximum sentence on Tuesday after a jury convicted the former Blaine County deputy of felony grand theft in September.

Schiermeier must serve six years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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Authorities say Schiermeier served as the 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 about $80,000 in unauthorized purchases for personal use from 2009 to 2015.

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