A Bradenton police officer was recently arrested for soliciting a prostitute.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has been working undercover for the past few months to catch prostitutes. Deputies targeted both prostitutes and “johns” on websites. Once a price was successfully negotiated, the suspects were arrested.
Police claim that on June 4, the Bradenton cop answered an ad. He allegedly agreed to meet a female undercover deputy at a hotel off of Cortez Road on his day off.
According to reports, the officer resigned shortly after the arrest.
The suspect was a patrolman who had been with the department since 2006. However, the media was not made aware of the man’s arrest until nearly a month after it happened.
A Manatee County Sheriff’s spokesman says the media was not alerted right away “Because we had an ongoing sting going on. We don’t normally say that we’re making an arrest when we’re doing an ongoing sting. You wait until the sting is over.”
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has now wrapped up this sting.
Once the man’s criminal case is complete, the Bradenton Police Department plans to launch an internal investigation.
If you are facing a charge of prostitution, then you are dealing with a very tough situation. It is important to retain legal representation during this time as you need someone who can review your case and create a defense strategy that will deliver the best possible outcome for you. That outcome could very well be reduced or dismissed charges.
Prostitution is considered a severe offense because it is labeled as a sex crime. If arrested for prostitution, do not say anything to police or prosecutors because anything you say could be used against you in court. You do not want to incriminate yourself by saying anything that could be twisted or misinterpreted by law enforcement.
If convicted of prostitution, understand that the consequences are serious. Whether the prostitute or the “john,” you could be looking at severe fines and prison time if found guilty. That is why your first step after being charged should be to contact a Manatee County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton at 866-608-5529. Your initial consultation with us is free. You can also fill out our online consultation form here.