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Some Durham Officers Cleared in Sex Probe

Posted December 6, 2007

— Several police officers implicated in a Durham Police Department investigation into sexual misconduct involving prostitutes have been cleared of any wrongdoing and are back on duty.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said Thursday that fewer than five officers remain under investigation. Initially, about 10 officers, ranging from rookies to veterans, were involved in the probe.

The officers were placed on paid administrative leave last month pending the outcome of the internal investigation, which began in September.

"We're continuing with the investigation, putting evidence out to the lab to be analyzed," Lopez said.

Part of the evidence was DNA samples collected from the officers.

"Some DNA evidence we're going to be looking at ... but it's not everything we have," he said.

Lopez has refused to name any of the officers involved, but he said Thursday that the allegations involve one victim.

"We're looking to see if there are any other victims who will come forward," he said.

The department is taking its time with the investigation to be as thorough and exact as possible, he said.

The Durham County District Attorney's Office and the FBI are being kept abreast of the investigation's findings, he said. The FBI has been consulted to determine if any civil rights violations occurred.


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  • mike honcho Dec 8, 2007

    Gottlieb has not been demoted, and is not involved in the sex scandel. He was transferred after a huge promotional process.
    probably 50 officers were transferred as a result of promotions.
    I believe 10 officers were being investigated, 8 have been cleared of any wrong doing and have returned to work. 2 are still under investigation.

  • catch22 Dec 8, 2007

    nacey, where does it say Gottlieb was demoted? he was moved from one district to another district like 15 other people. you make up the weirdest stuff.

  • Nancy Dec 7, 2007

    Gottlieb has been demoted and moved to a different district, still being investigated however.....this is interesting.

  • TruthBKnown Dec 7, 2007

    I don't ever want to get Nifonged, either!!! :)

  • ernestohernandez Dec 7, 2007

    TruthBKnown, I personally don't want to EVER get probed unless its absolutely medically necessary. I mean my life better be in immediate danger!

  • TruthBKnown Dec 7, 2007

    Thanks, Ernesto!

  • issymayake Dec 7, 2007


    doubt it. . and they probably weren't driving drunk either.

  • ernestohernandez Dec 7, 2007

    TruthBKnown, good one!

  • TruthBKnown Dec 7, 2007

    The police got "probed"? Isn't that about the same as getting "Nifonged"?

  • ernestohernandez Dec 7, 2007

    When they picked-up the ladys (if they did) I wonder if they had their kids in the car?