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Tampa police officer quits after sex inquiry


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 11, 2000

TAMPA -- A 10-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department has resigned after admitting he had sex with a prostitute while on duty.

The results of an Internal Affairs investigation into the conduct of Officer Ralph Douglas Reagan were released Tuesday.

"If he hadn't resigned, he was looking at discipline ranging from a reprimand up to dismissal," said Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin.

In November 1999, a woman who is a convicted prostitute and an informer for Tampa police told investigators that Reagan met her while on patrol at Tampa Presbyterian Village. Reagan, 32, worked an extra-duty patrol in full uniform and marked patrol car at the complex, near downtown. The woman said Reagan gave her $20 to give him oral sex, which she later did at her home on E 28th Avenue.

As soon as the allegations came to light, an Internal Affairs investigation began, Durkin said. The investigation continued into this year. Meanwhile, Reagan continued to train other officers and receive favorable evaluations for his work.

On Aug. 29, Reagan admitted having sex with the woman and resigned a few days later.

The case was turned over to the State Attorney's Office, which did not find enough evidence to charge Reagan or the prostitute criminally.

Because the prostitute is an informer, police would not release her name.

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