Stephanie Southard latest Denver cop in trouble for alleged on-duty sex and more
Last month, we told you about Denver Police Detective Michael Ryan, who was busted in Lakewood after being caught in a car with a prostitute who was apparently on the verge of performing oral sex on him. But this episode isn't an isolated incident.
Stephanie Southard. More photos, video below.
Officer Stephanie Southard has now been fired for allegedly having sex 25-30 times while on-duty -- an assertion she's appealing. And at least two other Denver cops have been disciplined for sexual matters over the past couple of months.
On April 10, as we've reported, Ryan and a 49-year-old woman described as a known prostitute were found together in a car parked near the intersection of West Colfax and Ingalls. Ryan, a seventeen-year-veteran of the DPD whose duties included the investigation of prostitution cases, is said to have had his belt and pants unbuckled, while the woman was bent over the car's center console.
Detective Michael Ryan.
Ryan wasn't immediately charged with a crime after being cited by Lakewood cops. Why not?
"Our people indicated in their reports that once Michael Ryan was released, it was only pending charges," Lakewood Police Department spokesman Steve Davis said last month in a Westword interview. "They wanted to talk to our special-investigations unit, and they also knew the case was going to involve two law-enforcement agencies. I think they had every intention of speaking to superior officers in our department as well as the Denver Police Department as to how this was going to shake out. There were some unusual circumstances about the whole contact, so I think they were being very cautious about how they did it."
Davis added that "a summons can be issued up to eighteen months later in a misdemeanor, so they knew they had plenty of time to do it right and make sure both departments had everything in order before charges were brought against him... They knew it was a case that was going to garner a lot of attention, so they wanted to make sure their ducks were in a row."
In the end, Ryan did receive a summons.
For his part, DPD Detective John White, a well-known figure in the community owing to his work as a public-information officer, received a suspension for his own sexual peccadilloes.
Detective John White in a CBS4 image.
A former girlfriend reportedly accused White of having sex with her in his car while he was on the clock.
In the end, DPD investigators couldn't corroborate these assertions. However, there was no doubt about the presence of dubious photos on White's department-issued phone -- some 600 of them, many featuring nude shots.
He also used the phone to text things like "Nothing better than a nice hard round booty :-))" and "Gonna spank that little tushy :-))."
White was ultimately suspended for ten days without pay for misuse of his taxpayer-funded phone.
Prior to White's suspension, another member of the department got the same treatment for similar reasons.
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