Officer says firing not a result of prostitution probe

Rick Armstrong
July 8, 2011 5:31:10 PM PDT
A recently fired Raleigh police officer says his termination has nothing to do with a probe into officers having sex with a prostitute.

Over a year ago, the Raleigh Police Department began investigating four officers who worked at a substation in southeast Raleigh. When the story first broke in February, sources told ABC11 Eyewitness News the probe centered on a tip that four officers were having sex with a local prostitute.

No evidence has been presented publically saying the officers broke the law, although months have passed since snippets of information about the investigation leaked out. No charges have been filed in the case.

Two officers named by ABC11 sources quit the department voluntarily. A third officer, Sergeant Rick Armstrong, was fired last month.

Armstrong tells ABC11 his firing has absolutely nothing to do with the prostitution probe. He says he plans to appeal the firing but cannot reveal why he was fired.

Raleigh police say the fourth officer, Mike Romiski, also was terminated.

The department says it is against personnel policy to comment while the firings are still pending.

ABC11 contacted Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen, but he said he can't comment since he will be part of the process if the two fired officers' appeal.

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