Former Indiana police officer sentenced to 12 years for sexual misconduct

EVANSVILLE, IN (AP) - A former southwestern Indiana police officer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for allegedly forcing women to perform sexual acts while he was on duty.

A Vanderburgh County jury convicted 29-year-old Martin Montgomery in July on two counts of criminal deviate conduct. The former Evansville police officer was sentenced Monday after Montgomery's family and friends asked a judge to impose a more lenient sentence.

But Vanderburgh County Judge Carl Heldt found that Montgomery had violated the public's trust and imposed two 12-year sentences. Montgomery will serve those concurrently.

Prosecutors said Montgomery forced women to perform sexual acts while he was on duty in November 2008 and March 2009. He resigned from the force in August 2009, five days after his arrest.

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