Sheriff Lombardo issues statement on friendship with retired detective arrested on child sex charge

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Retired Las Vegas police detective, Kirk Hooten is facing a charge of soliciting a child for prostitution, according to court records.

In response to media inquiries for comment from Sheriff Joe Lombardo regarding the arrest of Kirk Hooten, Sheriff Lombardo, who is currently out of the country, has communicated the following statement:

“I am being asked about my friendship with former LVMPD officer Kirk Hooten. Yes, among the many friends I have on the department, Kirk is one of them. I’ve known him for many years and I find his arrest distressing,” said Sheriff Lombardo

Kirk Hooten (Photo credit: LVMPD)

Former Detective Kirk Hooten, 51, who retired from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was arrested Thursday but is currently out of custody on bail.

The same day detectives followed up by locating the teen and her family and investigated the allegations further. As a result of that investigation, Hooten was subsequently identified and the case against him was submitted to the district attorney.

This case came about as a result of proactive police work by LVMPD detectives who became aware of a social media post on November 15th referencing a recent incident involving a teenage girl in the valley.

Beyond this statement, Sheriff Lombardo will not be making further comment.

However, Kirk Hooten’s attorney, David Z. Chesnoff, Esq., did provide this statement: “After a long and dedicated law enforcement career Mr. Hooten asks that people reserve judgment and allow the facts to be determined in the courtroom. He maintains his innocence of the alleged complaint.”

Metro sources tell 8 News Now, Hooten’s wife works for Metro’s Internet Crimes against Children Unit.

He is due to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court Monday.

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