- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A criminal investigation has found that six Tucson police officers made or attempted to make appointments at two illicit massage parlors where sex was offered as a service.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation, while Tucson police conducted an internal one. The police department announced Wednesday that six employees will be disciplined as a result of that investigation, but a spokeswoman would not reveal whether the employees are officers.

The DPS investigation, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, found that one officer had been seen entering one of the businesses for his appointment and leaving 40 minutes later. Another officer communicated with one of the businesses by phone and text message dozens of times, the report shows.

The investigation included two other officers and a crime scene technician who were listed as contacts with one of the businesses. One of the officers is not facing charges at all, and another was found to have a personal relationship with the owner of one of the businesses and is being investigated for possible computer tampering. The technician was not found to have made any contact with the businesses.

Others made appointments via text message, although it’s not clear whether the officers actually attended their appointments. None of the officers agreed to interviews with DPS.

No officers have been charged with a crime, according to the Pima County attorney’s office. DPS listed a misdemeanor charge of solicitation for a prostitute as a possible charge against the officers.

The investigation also found that three of the officers were listed as contacts with the businesses under pseudonyms.

The investigation began in November 2014 after police began receiving citizen complaints about an illegal massage business known as “By Spanish.” Detectives learned that a second massage business known as “Daisy’s Delights” was also operating illegally and offering sexual acts to clients. The businesses advertised on a website.

On Jan. 15, investigators spotted an off-duty Tucson police officer entering one of the businesses and leaving 40 minutes later. Police obtained search warrants and on Jan. 27 collected the cellphones of the owners of both businesses.

In one text message exchange, an officer who was approaching an apartment where his appointment was said he was turning back because he felt he was being watched.

“They proly cops watching so I’m out. Sorry,” the officer wrote.



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