Beddingfield Sentenced To Four Years For Child Molestation

Former Smith County Sheriff's deputy David Beddingfield has been sentenced to four years in prison for child molestation.

He pleaded no contest Wednesday for the molestation of two 12 year old girls. The plea came one day before his trial was to begin, where he faced a possible sentence of ten years in jail.

Beddingfield has had many legal troubles since he was arrested in 1999 for attempting to purchase drugs while on duty.

   Morgan Palmer, reporting.