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Former KSP Trooper accused of improper relationship with minor sentenced to probation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky State Police trooper accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl has reached a plea deal that allows him to walk out of court without serving jail time.

"He's lost his career, he's lost his job, he's lost his home," said Kenton Smith, attorney for Stratford Young.

But he did not lose his freedom. Stratford Young's sentence of five years of probation comes with a $1,000 fine and an order to never work with children again.

Originally charged with raping a 15-year-old girl, the former Kentucky State trooper cut a plea deal on lesser charges: three counts of engaging in an unlawful transaction with a minor.

"No jail time, not even a registered sex offender. Is this because he was a police officer?" asked WDRB's Gilbert Corsey.

"Absolutely not," said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Diane Arnold. "This case was treated just like any other case."

"With every case, we look at the victims' wishes and desires, provability -- and we also look at the potential outcome," Arnold said.

Prosecutors say the trooper and the teen were in a relationship. In June 2013, whistleblower Jasmine Lindsey told Meade County investigators that the two engaged in "sexual acts, fondling," and that "they hung out together, like, pretty much every night of the week."

It sparked a massive investigation that ended with four officers resigning or being fired.

But the defense had strong evidence to prove Young didn't know how old she was.

"She wasn't enrolled in a high school," said Jasmine Lindsey. "She was driving a car. Everything and at least one parent represented to Mr. Young that she was of age."

"Are you satisfied with this outcome?" asked Corsey.

"A police officer taking advantage of a child is absolutely heinous," said Arnold. "I wish that we had mountains more evidence to go forward, and get him behind bars, and to be a registered sex offender, but unfortunately, the way the case was and it all turned out this was the best outcome."

Young left the courthouse with his wife by his side: a husband and father going back to private life -- but if he breaks the deal, he faces two years in prison.

"While he certainly should have been more careful," Smith said. "He's paid a tremendous price for his indiscretion."

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