Former Albion Police Officer Sentenced to Jail

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A former Albion police officer was sentenced to 10 months in jail Monday after pleading guilty to child abuse and child pornography charges.

Kyle Chaney, 39, the city's 2005 officer of the year, also was placed on five years of probation and ordered to pay more than $2,500 in fines and court costs. He must register with the state as a sex offender.

Chaney pleaded guilty in November to charges of second-degree child abuse and using a computer to produce child sexually explicit material.

He admitted that he took nude pictures of a teenage girl and stored them on his computer between June 2004 and August. Albion fired him in September.

Before the sentence, Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Miller told Chaney that he had not accepted responsibility for his actions, The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.

Chaney had nothing to say before he was sentenced, but his attorney, Mark Webb, said Chaney has taken responsibility for the crimes. "He does realize the seriousness of what has transpired," Chaney told the Battle Creek Enquirer.