Officer Sentenced For 148 Counts of Sex Crimes Involving a Minor

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PARIS, Ky. (AP) -- A former Harrodsburg police officer who pleaded guilty to 148 counts of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Bourbon County Circuit Judge Rob Johnson, sentenced 31-year-old Jason Elder on Thursday in Paris, Ky.

Under a plea agreement, Elder must enroll and complete a sex-offender treatment program and must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

Elder pleaded guilty in January to two counts of third-degree rape, 49 counts of third-degree sodomy and 97 counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

He was an officer who conducted Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes in Mercer County schools. He was suspended without pay after his indictment and turned in his badge and gun.

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