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Former Police Officer Sentenced for Sex Abuse

Former Police Officer Sentenced for Sex Abuse

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Former Pleasant Grove police officer Jared Lyman Platt has been sentenced to one year in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

Platt, 28, was sentenced Monday and was allowed work release. He also must pay a $1,160 fine and for therapy for the victim and her family.

Prosecutors said that on more than one occasion between May and November of 2003, Platt inappropriately touched the girl in Pleasant Grove against her will.

As part of a plea bargain, Platt pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony. However, prosecutors agreed that the charges would be reduced to class A misdemeanors if he successfully completes probation.

Platt, a patrolman for the Pleasant Grove police department for three years, resigned the week before he was charged.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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