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L.A. investigating porn shoot allegedly involving on-duty traffic officers

April 29, 2011 |  3:03 pm

Los Angeles officials have launched an investigation into allegations that two on-duty city traffic officers participated in a pornographic video using city uniforms and a city vehicle.

The employees allegedly involved were placed on administrative leave Thursday pending completion of the inquiry, according to Amir Sedadi, interim general manager of the Department of Transportation.
 
The investigation apparently stems from inquiries by KNBC Channel 4, which was planning to air an investigative report on the employees Friday night.
 
According to the news channel, 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. The manager reportedly said the men in the video could not be positively identified as employees.

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, chairman of the city Transportation Committee, was briefed on the investigation and said he was “appalled and outraged.”
 
“If there is any criminal aspect to this, there will be action,” the councilman said.

The city’s parking ticket operation has come under frequent criticism, including an audit released this week saying millions of dollars in fines have gone uncollected at a time when the city is facing budget shortfalls.
 
Transportation department executive Sedadi said his agency “does not condone or tolerate unacceptable or inappropriate behavior from any of our employees.
 
“The allegations involving these two individuals in no way should be taken as representative of the nearly 600 professional” parking and traffic officers in the city, he said.

A department spokesman said the city attorney, the Los Angeles Police Department and/or personnel department investigators may be involved in the investigation.

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-- Rich Connell

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