On-duty sexual activity defendedDid the sheriff ask for volunteers? Was there a waiting list? A sign-up sheet? Were the deputies in uniform and were they heavily armed? Were the hookers in uniform and were they heavily armed? How many times each day did each deputy run down to the brothel and have "investigation" performed on him? Who was protecting the citizenry while the entire sheriff's department was down at Moon Spa doing their undercover work with the working girls? And what bit of acrobatics prompted that $350 tip?
Spotsylvania sheriff: It helps the county's detectives build cases
By Kiran Krishnamurthy, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
SPOTSYLVANIA -- Spotsylvania County authorities yesterday defended their practice of allowing detectives to engage in sexual activity while investigating suspected illegal massage parlors.
Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard Smith said the measures are needed to bring felony sex charges rather than misdemeanors. He compared the practice to drug stings in which undercover officers buy illicit narcotics from suspected dealers.
"I don't see a lot of difference," he said after The Washington Post cited court documents in reporting that Spotsylvania detectives allowed women to perform sexual acts on them and once left a $350 tip during an investigation of an establishment called Moon Spa. (link)
So many questions left unanswered.