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Former Phoenix cop pleads not guilty to underage sex

PHOENIX — A former Phoenix police officer accused of having sex with an
underage girl has pleaded not guilty.

Justin Francis LaClere of Gilbert faces of one count of luring a minor for
sexual exploitation and one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

He was accused in January of having sex with the 17-year-old girl at her family’s Scottsdale home while
they were away.

Police said Laclere replied to a post the girl made on a mobile app that allowed
users to anonymously share photos with text.

The seven-year Phoenix police veteran resigned from the department after his


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