Arizona Cop Fired For Reportedly Having Sex While On Duty
He may have been hired to serve and protect, but a Maricopa, Ariz., police officer appears to have gone too far after he allegedly had sex with the wife of another man late last year.
Officer Victor Valenzuela was fired in March for reportedly admitting that he had an affair with the wife of Perry Edwards -- even as Valenzuela was on duty at the time, results of an internal investigation showed, according to KTVK in Phoenix.
Valenzeula confessed to the tryst, which happened one day last December, according to an investigator's report. The officer also reportedly admitted to wearing his uniform and driving his patrol car to the Edwards home.
"He showed remorse, he was embarrassed and he wishes to go on with life and hopes that this goes away," Maricopa Police Chief Steve Stahl told the TV station, after it learned of the investigation.
Valenzuela told the investigator that the sexual encounter happened just once, for a half-hour, and afterward he signed up for a 12-step sex addiction program, KTVK reports.
The loss of his job was a "pretty heavy penalty" for Venezuela to pay, Stahl said.
The investigation was prompted in March after Edwards showed the TV station sexually graphic texts that were sent between his wife and a city of Maricopa police officer. Edwards' sister, Roberta Schneider, who was disgusted by the supposed affair, called on the department to investigate.
"He is supposed to be serving our community, not making booty calls in the back of his car," Schneider said.
As for the Edwardses, they're reportedly in the middle of divorce proceedings.
Meanwhile, Valenzuela, whose law-enforcement certification is suspended until September, is apparently laying low. KTVK says it was unable to locate the former officer for comment.
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