Ex-Pittsburgh police officer gets 18 to 36 months

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Pittsburgh police officer has been sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison on drug, fraud and other charges.

Forty-five-year-old Michael Johns was convicted in May of drug-related counts, insurance fraud, obstruction, false statements, official oppression and conspiracy.

He had been accused of running a prostitution service but was acquitted of promoting prostitution, theft and other counts.

Johns, who had been on the western Pennsylvania force for 16 years, resigned last year. He was sentenced Wednesday in Allegheny County Court.

He was arrested a year ago after investigators said he paid for rental cars for the women, helped them obtain drugs and allowed them to use his home.

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