LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In a headline for a story on Oct. 8, The Associated Press reported that a former Kentucky police officer was sentenced to 5 years for "unwanted sex" with 5 women. The headline should have simply repeated the charges of "sexual misconduct" that former Louisville Police Officer Pablo Cano pleaded guilty to, based on his admission that the sex was non-consensual. Cano was not prosecuted on rape charges.
A clarified version of the headline is below:
Ex-officer gets 5 years for sexual misconduct with 5 women
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexual misconduct against 5 women who are suing him over the assaults.
News outlets report former Louisville Officer Pablo Cano was sentenced Monday as part of a deal in which he admitted to having sex without consent with the women between 2015 and 2017. He was hired in 2015 and resigned in 2017 while on administrative leave pending an investigation into the first allegation.
Several of the five lawsuits pending against Cano accuse him of rape. Prosecutors didn't go that far, citing questions about evidence of his use of force or physical threats.
Cano also pleaded guilty Monday to possessing child porn.