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  1. #1
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    In heels

    WA - Did local vice cops cross the line?, Lynwood, 2005

    Lynnwood police concede they engaged in "rarely used" tactics during an undercover investigation into a suspected prostitution ring.

    Those tactics, which included officers allowing prostitutes to masturbate them in exchange for cash, have raised questions among law-enforcement officials, legal experts and the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office.

    Lynnwood police Cmdr. Paul Watkins said he spent a great deal of time justifying the officers' actions to prosecutors to prove that the officers themselves weren't breaking the law. Snohomish County prosecutors on Monday filed a felony charge of promotion of prostitution against Myong Pang, 42, of University Place, Pierce County. On Sept. 30, they filed a misdemeanor prostitution charge against Myong Chow, 40, of Tacoma.

    "The officers didn't cross that line of engaging in intercourse or oral sex," Watkins said. "I advised them no oral sex, no intercourse, that's not going to happen. That's the understood policy. There's no written policy regarding this."

    But other law-enforcement officials who weren't involved in the investigation say allowing officers to engage in such acts, even in an undercover investigation, goes too far. The usual tactic, they say, calls for an arrest once someone agrees to perform a sexual act in exchange for money.

    Seattle and King County police, for example, do not allow undercover officers to have sexual contact with prostitutes.

    And at least one legal expert thinks prosecutors will have a tough time convicting the suspects as a result of the officers' behavior.


  2. #2
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    Aug 2003
    I'm thinking we should let the cops' wives determine whether they crossed the line or not. I'm thinking my husband would have lots of 'splaining to do.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2004
    But just look at how much fun they had investigating this.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  4. #4
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    Yeah, I think they crossed the line.

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    tennessee is offline Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a pop top . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    I'm thinking we should let the cops' wives determine whether they crossed the line or not. I'm thinking my husband would have lots of 'splaining to do.
    Right on Lucy!!!!!

  6. #6
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    Apr 2005
    bet there was no trouble finding volunteers for overtime!

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    SewingDeb is offline "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ
    bet there was no trouble finding volunteers for overtime!

    LOL Bet not.

    I think this is crossing the line big time. There is no need to go that far to make an arrest.

  8. #8
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    Aug 2004
    Police officers should NOT be allowed to engage in sexual behavior
    of any kind when trying to bust a prostitution ring.

    They've been doing fine for years by just getting the alleged
    prostitute to agree to a sexual act, typically caught on tape.
    That is more than enough. They shouldn't be allowed to
    go that far. Period.

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