A Broward Sheriff’s deputy was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to an undercover colleague for oral sex.
Christian Benenati, 40, was off duty when he approached the woman in Pompano Beach, according to the complaint affidavit. When instructed to drive to a nearby motel, he reportedly declined, saying he “does not do rooms” and told the woman to do it in the car instead.
According to police, the officer overseeing the prostitution sting saw the woman give a signal that the “deal” was completed, and Benenati was arrested. However, a handwritten addition to the affidavit records the “final location of arrest” as Bru's Room Sports Grill in Coral Springs, four hours later.
BSO officials declined to comment on why Benenati wasn't arrested at the scene.
"Florida law prohibits us from commenting on open internal affairs investigations. The record will have to speak for itself," BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepción told HuffPost Miami.
Benenati, a 10-year BSO veteran, has been suspended with pay until Internal Affairs concludes its investigation into the matter, spokesman Jim Leljedal told NBC Miami.
Leljedal told the Sun Sentinel that while this is not the first time a deputy has popped for a sex crime, “it is exceedingly rare."
But Broward Sheriff’s deputies have gotten into a fair share of trouble recently. Deputy Brent Wooddell was arrested in June after removing his ankle bracelet to visit a strip club. He is currently under house arrest for allegedly stealing $1,340 during the bust of an oxycodone dealer -- who turned out to be an undercover Miami-Dade police officer.
Det. Anthony Costanzo was arrested in May after he used his cell phone to tape a conversation with a witness in a case against two Fort Lauderdale police officers.
Deputy Paul Pletcher was arrested in February after yelling racial slurs at a woman and stealing her phone after pulling her over while off-duty.
UPDATE: BSO Sgt. George Anthony, who signed off on Deputy Christian Benenati's complaint affidavit, was also suspended. Spokesman Jim Leljedal would not comment to the Sun Sentinel on details of the suspension due to an ongoing investigation.
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