DAYTON, Ohio – A former police officer in an Ohio village, was Wednesday sentenced to 43 years in prison for sexually assaulting four women while on duty, including two women who he had taken to the police station.
The crimes of Justin Sanderson, 33, “reprehensible and disturbing,” Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a statement after the sentencing.
Sanderson, an officer in the Montgomery County village of Phillipsburg, said in court that he still believes that he is innocent, the Dayton Daily News reported. Judge Steven Dankof, who found him guilty of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition during a bench trial in late August, said that it is the right of the “darkest voyage” in a man’s actions.
Sanderson, of Huber Heights, will not be eligible for parole for 33 years. A person who answered the phone at his lawyers office said no one was available for comment.
According to the officer of justice, of Sanderson was arrested in July 2017, after two women told police that they had agreed to have sex in a motel with someone she had connected with Backpage.com a classified ad website shut down this year by the federal government. The women said that Sanderson was to be their room in uniform, said that he was investigating prostitution and human trafficking, and gave them a warning.
She said Sanderson left, returned a short time later and had sex with them. They told the police that they had no choice, because he is a police officer, prosecutors said.
His arrest prompted two other women to come forward, prosecutors said. One woman said, Sanderson stopped her for drunk driving in May of 2017 and forced her to have sex on the police, while another woman said that she was forced to perform sexual acts after her arrest on a warrant.
“This defendant used his authority as a police officer to force the four victims in sexual activity,” Heck said. “Not only will he never be in a position of authority in the future, but he will not be able to be the victim of someone else.”
A 2015 study by The Associated Press found about 1,000 officers nationwide lost their licences in a period of six years for serious sexual offences and misconduct.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com