LAS VEGAS -- A Metro police officer is facing five counts of soliciting a prostitute while he was investigating crimes of prostitution.
Peter Connell, who has been with the department for more than 18 years, is on paid administrative leave while the case is investigated.
Connell, 56, had previously been fired from Metro but was reinstated a few years ago after arbitration.
According to the arrest report, the investigation began after an officer saw Connell talking with a prostitute while he was off-duty. Investigators followed Connell for months and witnessed him, on several occasions, visiting the apartment of Mary Anne Moore, who had previous prostitution arrests.
In the report, Moore told police Connell would pay her $20 to $40 for oral sex. Moore was not charged.