Father of ‘affluenza’ teen convicted for claiming to be officer

Frederick Anthony Couch
Frederick Anthony Couch

TEXAS (KXAN) — The father of the “affluenza” teen will spend the next year on probation.

A North Texas jury convicted Fred Couch of false identification of a police officer. Prosecutors say Couch told police he was an officer.

If Fred violates his probation, he will have to spend four months in jail.

Ethan Couch

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2016 file photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, Ethan Couch, 18, appears in a booking photo, in Fort Worth, Texas. Couch, who used an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving wreck, will appear at a hearing Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, over whether to transfer his case to the adult system. Couch could face 120 days in jail as part of an adult sentence and if he violated his probation, up to 10 years for each of the four people killed in the 2013 wreck. (Tarrant County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)
Ethan Couch, 18 (Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File)

His son, Ethan Couch, was sentenced this year to two years in jail for the deadly drunk driving crash in 2013. The Texas teen used “affluenza” as his defense, claiming he was a rich kid whose parents did not set limits for him.

State District Judge Wayne Salvant said that Ethan must spend 180 days in jail for each of the four people he killed in 2013 when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people helping a motorist. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Ethan was 16-years-old at the time and his blood-alcohol level was three times above the legal limit. He was originally sentenced to 10 years of probation, but a parole violation landed him in adult court.

Tonya Couch

This Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo provided by the Tarrant County, Texas jail, shows Tonya Couch. Couch, the mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after a deadly drunken-driving case, faces a charge of helping her son evade capture. Couch, who was deported from Mexico last week, arrived on a flight from Los Angeles and was taken to Tarrant County jail in handcuffs and leg irons. (Tarrant County jail via AP)
Tonya Couch (Tarrant County jail via AP)

Ethan and his mother, Tonya Couch, fled to Mexico after a video surfaced of the teen at a party where alcohol was served, which was a direct violation of his probation. Both of the Couches were found in Mexico several weeks later. A call for pizza delivery tipped off authorities to their whereabouts.

Tonya was charged with hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering. She was placed on house arrest, but has now been released from home confinement.