Crime

Ex-Harrodsburg officer pleads guilty to more than 140 sex-related charges

HARRODSBURG — A former Harrodsburg police officer pleaded guilty Friday to more than 140 counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.

Jason Elder, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape, 49 counts of third-degree sodomy and 97 counts of first-degree sexual abuse. All of the charges involved one girl, who was 14 at the time.

"Are you pleading guilty because you are truly guilty and for no other reason?" Special Judge Rob Johnson asked.

"Yes, sir," Elder said.

Under a plea agreement, Elder will serve three years in prison. He must enroll and complete a sex-offender treatment program, and he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. When he is released, he will have to register as a sex offender.

Elder was an officer who conducted Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes in the Mercer County schools. The Harrodsburg City Commission suspended Elder without pay after the indictment was returned last year, and he turned in his badge and gun.

Johnson scheduled sentencing for April 5.

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