FLINT — Former Flint police officer Justin McLeod is headed to prison for sexually assaulting two young girls over a period of several years.
McLeod, who worked with the Flint Police Department for nearly five years, was sentenced on Aug. 25 and will spend 10 to 15 years in prison. Prior to his sentencing, McLeod admitted to 6 of the 18 charges brought against him, including sex crimes, assault charges and using his position as a police officer to commit the crimes.
McLeod was taken into custody at a residence on the 6000 block of N. McKinley Road in Flushing Township last November by the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST) in coordination with Flushing Township police. The arrest was made during the early morning hours after one of McLeod’s victims contacted a sexual assault nurse who works with the GHOST team.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said that the first victim had been in McLeod’s “circle of influence” and was groomed by McLeod for several years. She helped police to make the arrest after taking part in a forensic interview conducted by the Voices for Children Advocacy Center.
A second female victim then stepped forward days after McLeod’s arrest, saying that she had been sexually abused by McLeod for two and a half years until her family moved out of the area.
McLeod was fired from his position with the Flint City Police Department shortly thereafter.
Once his sentence is served, McLeod will have to register as a sex offender and wear an electronic monitoring device for the rest of his life.