Former officer sentenced in teen sex case

He swore to protect and serve the community; now he will spend the rest of his life on probation. A former Phoenix Police officer who was accused of having sex with teens learned his punishment.

- He swore to protect and serve the community; now he will spend the rest of his life on probation. A former Phoenix Police officer who was accused of having sex with teens learned his punishment.

Laclere pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse and sexual conduct with a minor, in court, he apologized.

The former police officer who is out of jail will have to serve 60 days in jail, and then be on probation like most sex offenders for the rest of his life.

He got the chance to address the judge before she sentenced him.

"I just want to be a father again," said Justin Laclere.

Laclere was an police officer in 2014 when investigators say he contacted a 17-year-old girl through social media. Phoenix Police say he had seen with the teen at her home three days before his arrest. He resigned his position with the department which he had held for seven years.

"I just want to say I am sorry, again most importantly to the young lady and her family, to the court, and everybody that trusted me with who I was before my arrest," said Laclere.

Before his arrest Laclere was married. His now ex-wife spoke to the judge and asked for the maximum possible sentence.

"Everyday I wake up and strive to be the best person I can be for my son, and yet I look in the mirror and see all the difficulties I have to face because of the poor decisions he has made," said Marnie Godless.

The judge didn't give the officer any breaks.

"You were a police officer, and as such you swore to protect the community and uphold the law, and you broke the law, and you victimized a minor, and that is such a breach of trust of what the community expects of police officers," said Judge Margaret Mahoney.

In court, it was revealed that Laclere took photos of himself while on duty and sent them to the 17-year-old victim.


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