HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A 50-year-old Henderson police lieutenant was demoted to sergeant but kept his job after taking a plea deal in a prostitution case.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that John Coggs returned to work in the city jail after pleading no contest on Wednesday in North Las Vegas Justice Court to misdemeanor trespass. Department officials declined comment.

Coggs had been arrested Sept. 10 on a charge of soliciting or engaging in prostitution.

Police say he tried to pick up a female Las Vegas police officer working undercover as a street prostitute.

Coggs’ lawyer, Michael Castillo, tells the Review-Journal the case will be dismissed if the 20-year police veteran stays out of trouble for four months, pays a $750 fine and takes an AIDS awareness class.


Information from the Las Vegas Review-Journal was used in this story


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  1. Martin says:

    Paid to uphold the law…
    Fire the criminal.

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