Second officer linked to botched prostitution WPD sting resigns

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Submitted: Sun, 03/17/2013 - 3:43am
Updated: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:44pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A second officer believed to be connected with a botched prostitution sting last year has resigned from the Wilmington Police Department.

Ofc. Andrew Lazzaro, who was demoted from corporal to officer a month ago, resigned this week according to the Wilmington Police Department. WPD demoted Sgt. J.P. Fitzgerald to corporal last month and transferred him from Special Operations to Patrol. He resigned earlier this month. The department also suspended Sgt. William Richards for a week last month and transferred him as well. All three men were members of the Narcotics Unit at the time of the undercover operation in March 2012, but WPD will not confirm that they were disciplined for their roles in it.

WPD says its internal review found no violations of law by officers. Earlier this month District Attorney Ben David and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous requested the State Bureau of Investigation conduct its own investigation into what happened.


  • Guest1345 says:

    Why does these guys always resign when they are caught breaking the law themselves? Is it so they don’t lose their certification and wind up on another police force? If this is the case even after one resigns would he be eligible to work again in law enforcement?

  • Guest Reply says:

    “Where are the pictures of these fine upstanding officers!!!!!!!!”

    In the Post Office on the wall.

  • nofaithnlaw says:

    Where are the pictures of these fine upstanding officers!!!!!!!!

  • Guest61246 says:

    You’re right. No time was wasted posting the picture of the little girl that they busted and was set free. What a complete joke our police have turned out to be.

  • Vog46 says:

    About this one. And reading the “my reporter” column in the SNO.
    Apparently they were investigating an escort service.
    There’s no mention of the business name.
    No arrests of any men using the service either.

    Since the investigation is now over as far as the prostitution part is concerned why can’t we get the name of the escort service and the list of clients serviced – that were observed by the undercover cops?

    Or (Like the Zumba dance/prostitution scandal in Maine) did someone “in power” take part?

    This whole story stinks on multiple levels


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