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Freeman Police Chief Suspended After Indictment



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The police chief in Freeman has been suspended after city officials learned he was indicted on charges of obtaining prescription painkillers from different medical providers.


Chief Eric Seitz in charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance - hydrocodone and carisoprodol - obtained concurrently from different medical practitioners.


Freeman City Attorney Mike Fink tells says  that Seitz is suspended without pay. Fink says the suspension is also necessary because the terms of Seitz's bond don't allow him to hold a firearm.


One of Freeman's police officers will take on more hours and the city may ask the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office for patrol help.


The city found out about the indictment Monday and suspended Seitz on Tuesday.


The South Dakota Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case.

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