KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Court of Appeals decidedly unanimously to uphold the conviction of a Kansas City, Mo., police officer who prosecutors say had sex with a women in return for not arresting her for prostitution and drug charges.
In April 2014, a Jackson County jury convicted Jeffrey Holmes of corruption. He was originally charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of deviant sexual assault, but the jury convicted him of one count of ‘acceding to corruption.’
According to prosecutors, Holmes had sex with a prostitute in a south Kansas City motel room in the spring of 2012 in exchange for not placing her under arrest. Detectives say an area motel had hired Holmes as an off-duty security officer to combat drugs, violence and prostitution.
Holmes, 13-year veteran of the KCPD, had been assigned to the South Patrol Division.
“Simply put, the evidence presented at trial was clearly sufficient to establish that Holmes both solicited and knowingly accepted sex from C.C. in exchange for his official discretion to not arrest her for prostitution,” the court wrote in its ruling issued on Tuesday.
“Today’s ruling further shows that no one is above the law,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.
The court sentenced Holmes to 15 days in county jail and a $2,500 fine.