- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Phoenix police officer accused of having sex with an underage girl has pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse and sexual conduct with a minor.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 33-year-old Justin LaClere entered his plea Wednesday.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 12.

LaClere was arrested in mid-January 2014 and booked into jail on counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual conduct with a minor.

LaClere worked for the Phoenix Police Department for seven years and resigned on the same the day of his arrest.

Investigators say LaClere contacted a 17-year-old girl who allegedly wanted to get pregnant through a social media service in 2014.

He was accused of having sex with the girl at her family’s home while her parents were away.

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