Judge sentences former Brandenburg Police officer accused of having sex with teen
A judge has accepted a plea deal taken by a former Brandenburg Police officer who was accused of having sex with a teenage girl.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former police officer accused of having sex with a teenager will not face any jail time after a decision made by a Meade County judge today.
That decision was made around 9:30 this morning and Todd Matti's attorney says he's just glad the case is over.
"My advice to him was to take the case to trial but whenever you take a case to trial, that's a lot of pressure for everyone, including his family," said Matti's attorney Robert Schaefer. "This is something that was his decision."
A Meade County grand jury indicted Matti on two counts of sodomy. back in March 2014.
Today, he accepted a plea deal, so instead of sodomy charges, he pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. A judge ordered him to two years of probation and he will not serve any jail time.
Ultimately it was Matti, not his attorney, who wanted the plea deal.
"My advice to him was to take the case to trial, but whenever you take a case to trial, that's a lot of pressure for everyone, including his family," said Robert Schaefer, Matti's attorney. "This is something that was his decision."
Former Kentucky state police troopers Stratford Young and Jerry Clanton, and former Breckinridge County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Woosley were accused of the same with the same girl. A grand jury indicted Young on charges of rape and sodomy but did not indict Clanton and Woosley. Though, the investigation into those two men is not yet over.
"We are reviewing that and at this point we don't have a definitive answer but hopefully we will in a short time," said assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Diane Arnold.
Case files are still sealed in the case but Matti's attorney hopes when evidence is released, it will help separate his clients from the others.
"There are cases that have all been lumped together, this case is not like those cases," Schaefer said. "It's completely different."
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