Ex-Cop Gets No-Jail Plea Deal After Indictment For Sexual Assault Of 5 Year Old

Former Honolulu Police Officer Teddy Van Lerberghe will be sentenced to probation only.

Honolulu, HI – A former police officer indicted for seven counts of sexual assault against a five-year-old girl avoided jail time and made a plea deal that only gives him five years of probation.

He’s also fighting his termination from the police force.

Former Honolulu Police Officer Teddy Van Lerberghe was indicted by an Oahu grand jury in March of 2017 for the alleged sexually assault of the girl from 2004 to 2008, the Associated Press reported.

The indictment charged the 45-year-old Van Lerberghe with seven counts of sexual assault of a five year old, four of which were Class A felonies that carried mandatory 20-year prison terms.

The former police officer turned himself in to authorities soon after he was indicted and was released on a $100,000 bail by Circuit Court Judge James McWhinnie, the Star-Advertiser reported.

Van Lerberghe at first pleaded not guilty to the charges, but ultimately reached a deal with prosecutors and changed his plea to no contest, according to the Associated Press.

His charges were reduced to four Class B felonies, which carried possible sentences of up to 10 years in prison, and three Class C felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

In exchange for his plea, Van Lerberghe will be sentenced to no more than five years of probation. He will also be ordered to register as a convicted sex offender for life, the Associated Press reported.

Van Lerberghe was a police officer for the Honolulu Police Department from 2007 until he was terminated in May of 2016, Associated Press reported.

Honolulu police fired Van Lerberghe before he had been formally charged and the state’s police union has appealed the termination on the officer’s behalf, the Honolulu Civil Beat reported.

Brooks Baehr, a spokesperson for the Honolulu prosecutor's office, said they would not comment on the case until after Van Lerberghe has been sentenced in August.

Comments (46)
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Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Should have recieved the same punishment that every pedophile deserves

Memere
Memere

I am a Blue Line supporter but, when a bad cop commits a crime he must be punished to the full extent. It's individuals like this that give all cops a bad name, especially when they don't get full punishment!!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Drop him in a bottomless hole!!!!!

Danimyl
Danimyl

Castrate him

LynnSB
LynnSB

Disgusting POS~ He, the States Attorney, His Attorney and the Judge should ALL be used for Shark Bait !!!

JBo
JBo

Huh? Are you kidding? Probation for seven counts of sex assault on a five year old and this is the deal a prosecutor made? He should do those four 20 year sentences consecutively. Disgusting.

Rowdyone*
Rowdyone*

Absolute BS! The prosecutor and judge should be arrested! Hopefully he will get his punishment by someone.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Meanwhile the poor child will live with the trauma for the rest of her life.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

They should put that "thing" in a submarine with on half the air and fuel needed to make it to the mainland.

RetNCPD
RetNCPD

Liberal land.

Hwninblu
Hwninblu

Hmmm I don’t know who he is, but he ain’t going get his job back. I wouldn’t work with him

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Shame, brings shame to the department and shame to our state. Most of all shame to what we in blue stand for. People make mistakes, they do, but this isn’t a mistake, it’s a sickness and he should be punished accordingly. And yup, he will not get his job back.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

The liberalism of Hawaii is astonishing, how can this POS get zero prison time, what a joke.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The police union backing this pedophile is mind boggling. And the audacity of this scum of the earth thinking he will ever get his job back.

Mrdan
Mrdan

Put him in prison in the general population then tell the inmates 1 he's a cop n two he molested a 5 yr old he won't last long n as far as him wanting his job back let him then show him some locker room justice useless pos

portManaT13
portManaT13

Just one more corrupt union standing up for the miscreant instead of the victim. That union needs a thorough executive level house cleaning.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This is bad. It is no wonder there is a war against the police going on when this shit happens. This guy should have got a a whole lot of jail time. SAD! 👎

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Government Privilege... Welcome to the USA.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Based on the sweet plea deal, it sounds like there is some doubt about whether he did the sexual assault. Maybe he is innocent.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

There is something seriously wrong when you let a pedophile out of jail back into the community. He WILL do it again. Here's another thought.......kids are taught that the police and firemen are safe people. What happens when he's in a squad car and spots a little kid on the street.....I see lawsuits screaming at the police dept when he abuses a little kid...

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF??? Really?? Only probation for 5 years?? This sick f--k deserves a bullet to his head!! And he wants his job back?? Don't think so you POS!! A registered sex offender can not be a police officer!! Justice failed this little girl!!!

Journeyer_tn
Journeyer_tn

Just another one of our heroic boys in blue.

DRTice
DRTice

This is bullshit, lock him up.

tfort
tfort

One law for cops, another law for citizens.

new2lv2
new2lv2

Can we vote to have Hawaii removed from the union? If they're gonna protect chomo's we could do without the entire Island. Let the many good people of Hawaii onto the main land and keep the crap bags like this low life there.