Colo. Firefighter Pleads Guilty in Test Cheating Case

GREELEY, Colo. --

A Greeley fire lieutenant pleaded guilty Thursday to official misconduct for providing previous test copies to people taking a statewide firefighter examination, authorities said.

Roger Moore, 46, pleaded guilty to the Class 1 petty offense in Weld County Court, said Heath Montgomery, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office.

A judge sentenced Moore to serve 12 months of probation, perform 80 hours of community service and pay $184 in court costs, Montgomery said.

Moore was the proctor overseeing a state firefighter certification exam in April 2011 when he distributed copies of a previous test for his students to study from in violation of state testing policies, Montgomery said. He was a firefighter for the Greeley Fire Department at the time.

Prosecutors charged Moore with official misconduct in June 2011.

Moore was placed on leave in May 2011 while state officials investigated the cheating scandal.

As a result of the investigation, the state agency temporarily suspended all testing.

At the time, Colorado Division of Fire Safety officials said they believe the number of firefighters who were given advance copies was no greater than 100. Candidates from multiple jurisdictions may have received copies of the tests.

Before the testing compromise was discovered, DFS planned to implement a secure online testing system that should prevent any form of cheating, a state official said.

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