Fired State Trooper Sentenced for Promoting Prostitution

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

...
March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A fired New York State Trooper who plead guilty to promoting prostitution learned his fate in court Wednesday afternoon.

Titus Taggart was spared any jail time. In December of 2012, he plead guilty to promoting prostitution.

Taggart originally faced one year in jail and a one-thousand dollar fine.

Judge Kenneth Case sentenced him to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service.

Judge Case said this was one of the most difficult sentencing he has ever had to preside over.

An internal state police investigation revealed that the 18-year veteran trooper was organizing parties and bringing in prostitutes from Canada.

However, Taggart's defense attorney described him as a church-going, community-oriented man who made a "mistake in judgement."

Judge Case says he had never received so many letters on behalf of a defendant.

However, Case adds that does not excuse his acts. Case says he does not understand how Taggart could disrespect his uniform and put his colleagues in a position where they have to investigate one of their own.

The defense argued that Taggart already lost his career, state pension and health insurance.

Taggart had a kidney transplant 14 years ago. Taggart fought his way back to work after surgery. The defense says he already has to pay out-of-pocket for a medications and illness.

However, Judge Case told Taggart he threw away his second chance at a life-long career.

Taggart did not say much in court.

He told Judge Case that he takes responsibility for his actions and "I hope God blesses you as far as my sentencing."

The judge hopes Taggart will work with children, and team them anyone can go down the wrong path.

Taggart, his defense attorney and the District Attorney would not comment.