Petersburg Police Department. Officer Reginald Mitchell, 46, who has spent two decades on the force, was arrested by undercover officers from his own department, officials said. The incident took place just after 8 a.
That area has been targeted for prostitution by past undercover operations. Inpolice made 11 arrests for prostitution-related crimes in one month. Officials said complaints of prostitution led the department to conduct more surveillance of the area.
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A surveillance unit reported seeing Amanda McLaughlin, 32, who has a record of prostitution convictions, walk up to Mitchell's personal car and get in, police said. But it wasn't until officers stopped the car that they realized they had found one of their own, said St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway.
Mitchell was arrested on a misdemeanor solicitation charge. He was given a notice to appear in court, rather than being booked into the Pinellas County jail. McLaughlin faces a felony prostitution charge because of her prior convictions, police said.
Mitchell was placed on paid administrative duty while the department conducts an internal investigation. That means he will be working at police headquarters instead of on the street. Holloway said he had the prostitute of suspending Mitchell, but said he'd rather have the officer working so he doesn't collect petersburg paycheck for sitting at home. Mitchell was sworn in as an officer in His most recent asment was as a police recruiter.
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Holloway said this is the first time he's had to deal with this kind of situation in his three years leading the department. Subscribe Manage my subscription Activate my subscription Log in Log out.
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