Ex-DeKalb cop to serve 1 year for soliciting sex while on duty

A former DeKalb County police officer was sentenced to 10 years, including one behind bars, for soliciting sex from prostitutes while on duty, the District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Michael Cooper, 40, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of violation of oath by a public officer in a negotiated plea deal, DeKalb DA Robert James’ office said. Cooper admitted to soliciting women to engage in acts of prostitution while he was working, according to prosecutors.

“Our officers are sworn to uphold the law,” James said in an emailed statement. “However, Michael Cooper violated the trust of the very community he was vowed to protect. Because of this conviction, he must surrender his POST certification and is prohibited from working in any law enforcement capacity.”

Cooper was fired from the police department in April 2014. He was arrested in February and released after posting $65,000 bond, DeKalb jail records showed.

In addition to prison and probation, Cooper was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, submit to an HIV test and undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation within 60 days from his release in custody.

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