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Ex-cop charged in Internet sex case pleads guilty

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former West Valley City police officer has pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from his attempt to arrange a sexual encounter with a juvenile over the Internet.

Douglas L. Paulsen was originally charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor in 2nd District Court. In a deal with Davis County prosecutors, last week the 41-year-old pleaded guilty to one third-degree felony count of dealing harmful materials to a minor. The other charges were dropped.

Paulsen is facing up to five years in prison at his March 30 sentencing.

Paulsen worked for West Valley City's police and was a high school resource officer.

He was arrested Oct. 6 at a Layton mall. Police say he communicated for a month with an undercover officer who was posing as a 15-year-old.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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