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Former officer now in jail after pleading guilty to rape and attempted sex abuse of a child

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

SHELBY COUNTY — Former Birmingham police officer Joshua Herbinger made a plea deal with prosecutors and will serve six months in jail.

According to court documents, Herbinger was sentenced to five years for attempted sex abuse and 10 years for rape, but as part of the deal, only six months of those will be behind bars in the Shelby County Jail.

Joshua Herbinger, Shelby County Jail

Herbinger pleaded guilty on March 18 to attempted sex abuse of a child under 12 and rape. He was booked into jail the same day. The case was brought by the Alabaster Police Department after a school resource officer notified them about a possible victim. He was originally charged with sex abuse of a child under the age of 12 and 1st-degree rape.

Upon his release, Herbinger will have to register as a sex offender.

Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department said Herbinger’s employment was terminated after he was charged in 2014.

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