Ohio police officer gets 43 years in prison for sexually assaulting four women while on duty

Justin Sanderson, 33, was convicted of rape, abduction and gross sexual assault during a closed-door trial in late August

Justin Sanderson, 33, was convicted of rape, abduction and gross sexual assault during a closed-door trial in late August

Justin Sanderson, 33, was convicted of rape, abduction and gross sexual assault during a closed-door trial in late August

A former police officer in a village in Ohio was sentenced Wednesday to 43 years in prison for sexually assaulting four women while on duty, including two women he had brought to the police station.

The crimes of Justin Sanderson, 33, are "reprehensible and disturbing," Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a statement after the sentencing.

Sanderson, a village official in Phillipsburg, Montgomery County, said in court that he is still considered innocent, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Judge Steven Dankof, who found him guilty of rape, abduction and gross sexual assault during a trial in late August, said it was the court's "darkest trip" to a man's actions. In total, he was charged 19 charges, according to WHIO.

Sanderson, of Huber Heights, will not be eligible for parole for 33 years. He resigned from the office. A person who answered the phone at his lawyers' office said there was no one available to comment.

Sanderson, an officer in the village of Phillipsburg, in Montgomery County, said in court that he still considers himself innocent

Sanderson, an officer in the village of Phillipsburg, in Montgomery County, said in court that he still considers himself innocent

Sanderson, an officer in the village of Phillipsburg, in Montgomery County, said in court that he still considers himself innocent

According to prosecutors, Sanderson was arrested in July 2017 after two women told police that they had agreed to have sex in a motel with someone they had connected to on Backpage.com, a classified ads website that closed down this year by the federal authorities. The women said that Sanderson came to his room in uniform, told them he was investigating human trafficking and prostitution, and gave them a warning.

The Huber Heights resident was arrested in July 2017 after two women told police they had agreed to have sex in a motel with a person from Backpage.com

The Huber Heights resident was arrested in July 2017 after two women told police they had agreed to have sex in a motel with a person from Backpage.com

The Huber Heights resident was arrested in July 2017 after two women told police they had agreed to have sex in a motel with a person from Backpage.com

They said that Sanderson left, returned a short time later and had sex with them. They told police they thought they had no other choice because he was a police officer, prosecutors said.

Her arrest prompted two other women to step forward, prosecutors said. One woman said Sanderson detained her for driving while intoxicated in May 2017 and forced her to have sex at the police station, while a second woman said she was forced into sexual conduct after her arrest by court order .

Sanderson resigned from the department in July 2017, the prosecutor's office said.

"This defendant used his authority as a police officer to force four victims to have sex," Heck said. "Not only will he never be in a position of authority in the future, but he will not be able to victimize anyone else."

A 2015 investigation by The Associated Press found about 1,000 agents across the country who lost their licenses in a six-year period for sexual crimes and misconduct.

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