A former Los Angeles International Airport police officer was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a passenger while on duty.
Michael Wayne Staunton, 56, was also ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Paul Suzuki to register as a sex offender.
Staunton was found guilty in November of sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment by fraud and assault by a peace officer, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
After the victim, a 25-year-old woman, sat down nearby with a friend, Staunton approached her and made a sexual comment. He later returned and motioned for the woman to follow him, then used his security access card to take her to a storage area where he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.