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Former Sheriff's Deputy sentenced to jail time

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Brad Totten stood in front of Judge Jim Rowe apologizing to his victims and his family and begging for a home confinement sentence Friday morning.  Judge Rowe did not accept and sentenced 41-year-old Totten to 10 to 20 years in prison.

"Here is a person that used their position of authority and power to have sex with a 17-year-old girl and that is just flat out wrong," said Judge Rowe.

In July Totten pled guilty to using his position as a police officer to have sexual relations with a minor.  He was originally charged with 66 separate counts of sexual abuse involving adults and minors stretching from 1995 to 2010. Those charges linked him to approximately two dozens women and girls.

Special Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parsons said he hopes the people of Pocahontas County who have lost their faith in law enforcement, can start to gain some of that trust back.

"I also hope this means law enforcement will take an example from this and know that no matter where you are people are watching you when you are a member of public safety and that trust is very difficult to gain but very easy to lose," said Parsons.

Judge Rowe called for any willing victims to speak out to the court in testimony.None came forward, but Judge Rowe did read aloud a written testimony from one victim.

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