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Former Mississippi officer sentenced for sex abuse of minor

August 23, 2022 GMT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — A former Mississippi police officer who a prosecutor says abused his position of authority to prey on a young girl was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to statutory rape.

Todd King, 52, a former Brandon police officer, had pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape and one count of gratification of lust Monday. Prosecutors did not disclose the victim’s age.

Rankin County Circuit Court Judge Bradley Mills sentenced King to 20 years in custody on the statutory rape count and 15 years for gratification of lust, each with five years to serve. The terms will be served concurrently and will be followed by five years of supervised probation. King will also permanently surrender his law enforcement credentials and be required to register as a sex offender.

Attorney General Lynn Fitch said in a news release that her office conducted the investigation and prosecution.


“Todd King abused his position of authority to prey on this young girl,” Fitch said. “She will have to live with the physical, psychological, and emotional wounds he has caused for her whole life. I am grateful to the adults in her life who stood up for her to put an end to the abuse and who will stand by her as she recovers.”

An attorney for King did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Associated Press.