Ex-Phoenix police officer gets jail, probation in sex case

Ex-Phoenix police officer gets jail, probation in sex case

PHOENIX (AP) – A former Phoenix police officer who pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse and sexual conduct with a minor has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 33-year-old Justin LaClere also was sentenced Friday to lifetime supervised probation with sex offender terms.

LaClere was arrested in mid-January 2014 on suspicion of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual conduct with a minor. He pleaded guilty in July.

LaClere worked for the Phoenix Police Department for seven years and resigned on the same the day of his arrest.

Investigators say LaClere contacted a 17-year-old girl who allegedly wanted to get pregnant through a social media service in 2014.

He was accused of having sex with the girl at her family’s home while her parents were away.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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