Former Kansas police officer convicted of child sex crimes

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Douglas Heit (Garden City Telegram) Douglas Heit (Garden City Telegram)

A former Garden City police officer has been convicted of two child sex crime charges. 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said 50-year-old Douglas Heit on Thursday pleaded guilty two two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Judge Michael Quint accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for December 19.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Garden City Police Department. 

The crimes were committed in August 2018. The Garden City Telegram reports a complaint accused Heit of fondling or touching a child born in 2009. He was originally charged with six counts of aggravated indecent liberties.

The charges fall under Jessica’s Law because the victim was under 14 years of age. 

Heit was a Garden City police officer from July 2003 to March 2017, according to the Telegram. He then transitioned to an evidence technician position and left the department in August of 2018. 

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