Ex-police officer gets 18 years in sexual abuse case

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A former District of Columbia police officer who also served as a church pastor has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse charges involving minors.

Darrell Best was sentenced Friday in federal court.

The 46-year-old Best was arrested in March 2015 while still an officer and accused of abusing two teenage girls who attended a church where he served as a pastor.

Best pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one girl in 2014 at police headquarters. He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a second girl inside the church. He also pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

Best's plea agreement called for the 18-year sentence. Best's attorney Nikki Lotze said Friday that her client is "very remorseful" and "glad to be putting this behind him."