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Fmr. Alex City police officer pleads guilty to sex crimes against children

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Michael Ford Michael Ford

A former police officer with the Alex City Police Department pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple sex crimes against children.

Officials were calling for a trial date against Micheal Ford Tuesday since it was past the date to enter a plea. The State had not offered any sentencing reduction.

Ford pleaded guilty to 1 count of incest in the first degree, 1 count of sexual abuse in the second degree, 3 counts of sodomy in the second degree, 5 counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12, 1 count of theft in the second degree and 1 count of tampering with evidence.

Ford pleaded on his own terms so it's up to a judge to set a sentence. The prosecution is recommending the maximum punishment of life in prison.

Sentencing is set for November 1, 2013. Ford will remain behind bars prior to that sentencing.

Ford was arrested in February 2013 and his employment with the Alex City P.D. was promptly terminated after charges were filed against him.

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