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Former police officer sentenced to life for child sex crimes

December 20, 2019 GMT

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) —

A former Garden City police officer was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for sex crimes involving a minor child.

Douglas Heit, 50, won’t be eligible for parole for 25 years. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office said Heit pleaded no contest in October to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He will be subject to lifetime post-release supervision and sex offender registration.

The crimes occurred in August and September of 2018 in Finney County. Heit was originally charged with six counts. Prosecutors said the case involved the same child, who was born in 2009.

Heit was a Garden City police officer from July 2003 to March 2017.