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LAPD, city attorney join probe of L.A. traffic officers who allegedly starred in porn video

May 2, 2011 |  7:38 am

The Los Angeles Police Department and city attorney have joined the investigation of two parking enforcement officers accused of participating in a porn film, officials said.

The city Department of Transportation employees were placed on administrative leave Thursday pending completion of the inquiry. The investigation stems from inquiries by KNBC-TV Channel 4.

"After we were provided the names of the individuals allegedly involved in the misconduct, both employees were immediately placed on administrative leave," Amir Sedadi, the agency's interim general manager, said in a statement. "Because we take the incident so seriously, and in order to ensure that the investigation is done thoroughly, a request was made and granted for the Los Angeles Police Department, City Attorney, and Personnel Department to assist in the investigation and provide recommendations."

According to the station, the video was posted on an adult subscription website and shows an actress approaching a city traffic officer and jumping into his arms. The officer spanks the woman and fondles her bare breasts, the station said on its website.

A second officer is spanked by the actress, who then gets into an official city car and performs lewd acts on herself, according to KNBC's account. A parking enforcement manager knew of the employees' behavior more than two months ago  -- and referenced it in a memo to superiors and employees -- but failed to take disciplinary action, the station reported.

But Sedadi said in the statement that until recently, the city transportation department could not identify the officers involved.

“Photos of what appeared to be LADOT officers engaged in misconduct were provided anonymously to the Los Angeles Police Department and forwarded to our offices earlier this year," he said. "The still photos contained blurred faces and did not contain any identifiable information regarding the individuals, or the source of the photos. In fact, the photos contained faces and vehicle numbers that were all completely blurred beyond recognition and therefore prior to viewing a video from KNBC-TV, we were not aware of the fact that a video existed."

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