Prosecutor: Former State Trooper Tried To Trade Drugs For Sex In Uniform

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Updated: 5/22/2012 12:47 am
A former Kentucky State Trooper, who had already pleaded guilty to federal drug charges, has now been convicted of carrying a firearm while trafficking prescription narcotics.

Prosecutors said, Michael Fred Pennington, 35, who worked out of the London KSP Post, offered a woman a Lortab pill in exchange for sex in September of 2011.

The woman alerted law enforcement.  Once Trooper Pennington arrived at the woman's home in London and gave her the pill, detectives with KSP immediately intervened.  Trooper Pennington resigned hours later.

Prosecutors said testimony proved that Pennington tried to use his authority, including his firearm, to intimidate the woman to engage in sex for drugs.

Prosecutors said Trooper Pennington was off duty at the time, but still was in full uniform, carrying his gun, when he gave her the pill.

Pennington is scheduled to be sentenced September 6, 2012.

He faces a maximum of 10-years on each drug offense and a minimum of five years on the firearm offense.
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