- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A former central Florida police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with a teenage girl.

The Ledger (http://goo.gl/MWMtVG) reports that a Polk County judge sentenced 38-year-old Aaron Barnes on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Police say the former Lake Wales officer had three sexual encounters with the girl, starting at her home in May 2014 when she was 16 years old. A report says the second encounter happened on her 17th birthday. The girl told authorities that Barnes once let her drink wine at his home.

Barnes was arrested while on duty in February 2015 and resigned less than a week later. Police say Barnes initially denied having sex with the girl but admitted to sending her inappropriate text messages.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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