Barry Smith, a former public works director for the town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, has been sentenced to three months of house arrest for using his employer's credit card for personal use. 

Smith, 54, was sentenced Wednesday morning at provincial court in St. John's. 

Smith will also be put on probation for nine months. 

Smith pleaded guilty last month to breach of trust. The Crown at that time dropped a charge of fraud that had originally been brought against Smith. 

The court was told that Smith had used the money he charged against the car to help his ex-wife in the wake of their separation. He said he did not want his children to think he was abandoning their mother.

The Crown had asked for six months of house arrest. The defence had wanted a suspended sentence.