San Diego County sheriff's deputy arrested in prostitution sting: ASTREA pilot Stuart Rea arrested
Deputy arrested by undercover officer he trained
Last Updated: 66 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego County sheriff's deputy is on paid administrative assignment after he was arrested and accused of soliciting a prostitute.
According to a 10News source, Stuart Rea, a pilot for the department's ASTREA helicopter, was stripped of his badge and gun. He has been with the department since 1991.
In a complaint obtained by 10News, the married father of two had made plans to meet the prostitute -- an undercover San Diego police officer -- at a hotel.
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The 10News source said Rea pulled up in a car on El Cajon Boulevard and approached the undercover prostitute. However, the female agent instantly recognized Rea, but he did not recognize her.
The agent was Rea's trainee at the police academy years ago. He tried to solicit her for prostitution and was then arrested, 10News learned.
Rea may or may not be transferred out of ASTREA, as the department is waiting to see what happens in court next month.
10News' calls to the San Diego Police Department have not yet been returned.
Rea's attorney, Jim Fitzpatrick, said, "This is a minor matter that we hope to resolve quickly."
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