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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A former West Texas police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child.

Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell says 35-year-old Jason Hignight was sentenced Monday in Lubbock, where he worked as an officer for about a year. Hignight entered his plea just before his trial was scheduled to begin. He must serve half his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

Police reports show a teenage girl who had been adopted by Hignight and his former wife accused him in 2011 of assaulting her over three years. Another adopted daughter made similar claims.

Police say there were five children living at his home when he was arrested in 2011. Hignight was suspended from the police force and Powell says he later resigned.

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