Former Denver police officer sentenced

Tuesday, August 29th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- A former Denver police officer has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for federal sex crimes, but could face even more when the state sentences him tomorrow.

Forty-four-year-old Joseph Albert Ellsworth was convicted of coming to Oklahoma last year to have sex with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but who was an undercover Tulsa police officer.

Ellsworth still faces sentencing on state convictions related to the incident. Prosecutors are recommending a 15-year sentence that would run concurrently with the federal time Ellsworth received today. Prosecutors say they hope Ellsworth would serve about a third of the state sentence, which would mean extra jail time on top of the federal sentence.

Ellsworth was fired from the Denver Police Department in 1996 following accusations that he falsified documents.