Former LAX police officer sentenced to 4 years in prison for on-duty sexual assault

A former police officer at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced to four years in state prison on Thursday after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty at a terminal security checkpoint.

Former Los Angeles World Airports officer Michael Wayne Staunton, 56, will also have to register as a sex offender for life. An airport police spokesman said he is no longer with the department.

Prosecutors said that, on April 12, 2011, Staunton sexually assaulted 25-year-old female passenger. Officials said Staunted first approached the woman, who was sitting on a bench near a security checkpoint, and made a sexual comment. He then returned to her and told her to follow him. According to prosecutors, Staunton then took her to a storage area and sexually assaulted her.

On Nov. 18, a jury found Staunton guilty of sexual battery by restraint, assault by a peace officer and false imprisonment by fraud.

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