Sheriff: Officers Must Have Sex With Prostitutes For Evidence
That’s the actual headline. No embellishments on this story, which comes out of Spotsylvania, Virginia. Gee. I wonder how “fresh face of the Democratic party,” Governor Tim Kaine, upholder of values, feels about these crime-fighting tactics going on in his state. (KSBWChannel):
Spotsylvania County Sheriff Howard Smith said he stands by the practice of allowing detectives to receive sexual services in the course of their investigations so they can catch suspects in the act.
Court documents show that four times last month, county detectives allowed women at a massage parlor to perform sex acts on them. In one case, a lawman left a $350 tip. Smith acknowledged the practice is not new. Smith told The Washington Post that only unmarried detectives are allowed to do the under-the-covers work.
He said actual sex acts are needed to help win prostitution convictions. “If I thought we could get the conviction without that, we wouldn’t allow it,” Smith told the newspaper. “If you want to make them, this has to be done.”
The article also notes, however, that other agencies that have tried this tactic have since dropped it, and in the case of Montgomery County, MD, where sexual contact with suspects and law enforcement was allowed, the charges were eventually dropped. So much for “evidence,” huh?
Hat tip, Fritz