Phoenix officer arrested in prostitution sting

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PHOENIX – A Phoenix police officer was arrested during a prostitution sting in El Paso, Texas.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Strike Team arrested Officer Sheldon Czegledi, 47, along with 14 others.

According to a sheriff's office report, Czegledi approached a deputy working undercover as a decoy/female prostitute Friday night and solicited the deputy for sexual intercourse for a fee of $45.   

Czegledi then drove his vehicle into the parking lot of a motel. According to the report, he gave the deputy $5 as a deposit and stated he would return.

Other deputies conducted a traffic stop and took Czegledi into custody.

Czegledi is a 14-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department and is currently assigned as a patrol officer at Central City Precinct.

Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department said an administrative investigation will be launched.