Officer Arrested In Prostitution Sting
POSTED: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 10:16am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:32am
When El Paso County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a prostitution sting, they couldn't believe what they heard and saw.
They arrested a dozen suspects. One of them is a police officer.
"We have various undercover deputies all around the area, and we keep an eye on her. We wait until an exchange is made, a deal, an agreement and then we take action and arrest the perpetrator,” said an undercover sergeant.
During the sting, sheriff's deputies arrested 47-year-old Sheldon Czegledi who is a 14 year veteran with The Phoenix Police Department after he agreed to exchange money for sexual services.
"It’s always a surprise. Although some of them have a hunch or inclination that she might be a police officer or a cop,” said an undercover sergeant.
With two un-marked police units and a five man take down team waiting in a hotel room nearby, the safety of the undercover deputy is their first priority.
"There is not any arrest that we're willing to pursue to compromise the safety of our female deputy,” said an undercover sergeant.
The sting netted 15 people in central El Paso where complaints about prostitutes have risen over the years.