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Forum staff reports, Published April 16 2010

Ex-policeman pleads guilty to sex charge

A former LaMoure, N.D., police officer faces five to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Kyle Mackey pleaded guilty Wednesday to one Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition, LaMoure County State’s Attorney Kim Radermacher said.

Another GSI count was deferred for 10 years, so if Mackey doesn’t reoffend, it will essentially be dismissed, Radermacher said.

The remaining three charges – a third GSI count, luring a minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor – will be dismissed, she said.

Mackey, who was 22 years old when he was charged in September, was accused of having sex with the girl and sending sexually explicit text messages to her. He resigned as LaMoure’s lone police officer on Aug. 13.

Under the plea agreement, Mackey will serve no less than five years in prison and no more than 15 years, Radermacher said.

Part of the presentence investigation will be to determine how long Mackey should have to register as a sex offender, she said. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

Radermacher said she believes the plea agreement is fair. Mackey’s relationship with the girl was factually consensual – although as a 14-year-old she can’t legally consent – and no force was alleged, she said.