- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police have arrested a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy accused of propositioning prostitutes for free sex, flashing his badge and threatening to jail them if they refused to comply.

Col. Richie Johnson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1wvRGbS ) Deputy Florian Deutsch, a corrections officer, was fired as soon as police contacted them Thursday about the deputy’s arrest.

“As we’ve said before,” Johnson said, “we will not tolerate this type of behavior from our employees.”

Deutsch’s firing marked the second time this week that a Sheriff’s Office corrections officer has been canned. On Monday, Sgt. Brent Ballard, was fired when he refused to show up for work following a three-day suspension. An internal investigation revealed that Ballard falsely accused inmates of misbehavior and threatened some of them with violence.

The prison’s assistant warden also was demoted recently after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that he had made inappropriate comments to a female employee.

The investigation into the allegations against Deutsch began after Baton Rouge police received tips from confidential informants that a law enforcement officer was coercing women for sexual favors, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

It wasn’t clear how many women were involved. But the allegations leading to Deutsch’s arrest stemmed from two incidents: one in July and another on Thursday, both involving the same woman.

Deutsch was booked into Parish Prison on counts of prostitution, abuse of office and malfeasance.

It was unclear whether Deutsch has an attorney.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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