A former Calexico police officer who married a 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of statutory rape in connection with his relationship with the girl.
The officer, Patrick Estrada, resigned from the Police Department after his arrest in April.
Estrada, 24, had been involved with a girl who, when the relationship started, was 15.
The girl, whose identify was not released because she is a minor, was 16 when the two were married in Yuma, prior to Estrada being charged by the District Attorney's Office.
It is legal for a 16-year-old to marry in Arizona as long as one parent approves the marriage.
Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen, said both parents of the girl supported the relationship and marriage.
Estrada was charged with felony statutory rape and the DA's Office also sought a charge of oral copulation with a minor.
Owen said Estrada admitted to the oral copulation but the girl refused to testify against her husband.