Polk County, FL – A deputy police chief from Georgia was busted in a prostitution sting in Florida while he was attending an American Polygraph Association seminar in Orlando last week.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) said Cartersville Police Deputy Chief Jason DiPrima was attending a polygraph training workshop when he answered an online ad from a prostitute who turned out to be an undercover detective, WFLA reported.
Deputies said Deputy Chief DiPrima asked the detective posing as a prostitute online, “Are you available tonight?”
“I’d like to come see you—what is your rate?” deputies said he asked.
The sheriff’s department said Deputy Chief DiPrima made arrangements to meet and have sex with the undercover detective on Sept. 1 but ultimately backed out, WFLA reported.
Chief DiPrima told the detective posing as a prostitute that he “got spooked,” WFLA reported.
Then the high-ranking law enforcement official who supervises police administration at his agency asked the alleged prostitute to meet him the next evening.
Deputies said Deputy Chief DiPrima agreed to meet the “prostitute” and pay $120 for a half hour of sexual activity with her, WFLA reported.
He showed up on Sept. 2 and gave the undercover detective he believed to be a sex worker $180 and a 12-pack of White Claw hard seltzer, according to PCSO.
Deputies said Deputy Chief DiPrima showed up in an undercover police vehicle assigned to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force, WFLA reported.
“What are you thinking?” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd asked at a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon. “You just want to go ‘c’mon man, have you lost the last three brain cells, or do you just have cabbage for brains?’”
Sheriff Grady said the Cartersville police official was a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy (NA), the prestigious training which only one-half of one percent of law enforcement officers in the world are invited to attend, WFLA reported.
“If all else fails, he can write a book: How to ruin your career in three easy steps,” the sheriff told reporters.
Deputy Chief DiPrima was arrested and charged with soliciting another for prostitution, lewdness or assignation, WFLA reported.
He was booked into the Polk County Jail on the misdemeanor charge and released on a $500 bond.
The police official was placed on administrative leave by the Carterville Police Department while an internal investigation is conducted, Coos Valley News reported.
Deputy Chief DiPrima has been a member of the Carterville police force since 1996 and was promoted to deputy chief in 2015, WXIA reported.