Former cop pleads guilty to having sex with teen prostitute

Posted at 10:49 AM, Oct 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-17 10:49:00-04

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A former Ocala police officer has pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage prostitute while on duty.

The former officer, Bennie Wilson, entered his plea on Friday in a deal that will give a judge discretion in his final sentencing.

The Ocala Star-Banner ( ) reports that Wilson's jury trial was scheduled for Friday and cancelled when the deal was reached.

A police investigation found Wilson met with a 16-year-old runaway who was involved in prostitution.

The girl told investigators that Wilson talked with her for a while and fondled her, and they eventually had sex for $20.

Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11. He faces up to 30 years in prison.