Ex Va. officer pleads guilty to accepting bribes

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

NORFOLK (AP) -- A former Portsmouth Sheriff's Office sergeant has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $5,000 in bribes from a bondsman in a case that also brought down two judges.
 
The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/16vvHpl ) 65-year-old Melvin Hike entered his plea Tuesday. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 16.
 
 Court documents show Hike accepted cash payments from the bondsman from 2008 through 2012 in exchange for referrals. Hike retired in February after 27 years in law enforcement.
 
The bondsman, Ulysses Stephenson Jr., pleaded guilty last year to bribery and conspiracy. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.
 
The same FBI investigation that ensnared Stephenson and Hike also led to charges against two Portsmouth magistrates. Both have pleaded guilty.
 

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