Former Mo. policeman pleads guilty to child enticement

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former police officer has pleaded guilty in Platte County for trying to solicit sex from a 14-year-old girl on the Internet.

Just as his trial was scheduled to begin, 36-year-old Timothy Leighty of Lee's Summit pleaded guilty Monday to enticing a child over the Internet and attempted statutory sodomy. Leighty was really communicating with a Platte County Sheriff's Department detective in a chat room.

Leighty was arrested on July 26, 2005, at a location in Platte County where he agreed to meet an individual he believed was the girl.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Leighty served as an officer with the Warrensburg Police Department but had resigned his position several years before the crime.

Sentencing was scheduled for May 15.

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