Former police officer sentenced to 90 days in jail

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Ogden -- The Ogden police officer praised with helping end the Trolley Square shooting will spend 90 days in jail.

Tuesday Ken Hammond was sentence for a sexual battery charge to which he pleaded no contest last month. He will serve 90 days in the Weber County jail, but he will be able to leave for work each day.

He was allowed to leave the courtroom this afternoon. He was surrounded by family and friends. Both he and his attorney were tight lipped, as was the prosecutor.

He reports to jail on April 29 at 8 a.m.

His attorney asked the judge to consider sentencing him to less time. She said he lost his job as a police officer, has faced a media onslaught, nearly lost his house to foreclosure and says she fears jail time would be a death sentence for Hammond because of his former status as a police officer.

But prosecutors argued 90 days was appropriate because as a police officer, Hammond knew what he was doing.

Former police officer sentenced to 90 days in jail

Last month, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. Prosecutors say in July of 2005, an 18-year-old girl called police to report a disturbance in the parking lot of her apartment complex. Hammond responded to that call and took a report from the 18-year-old and her 17-year-old friend.

Prosecutors say he left around midnight, then returned an hour or two later and allowed the 17-year-old to perform a sexual act on him. He was in uniform and on duty when it happened.

The judge felt that was enough reason to sentence him to the 90 days.


Story compiled with contributions from Courtney Orton and Marc Giauque.

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