CLEARWATER -- A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy resigned today amid allegations he picked up a prostitute Clearwater police had under surveillance and then lied about the encounter.
On Sept. 12, Deputy Robert F. Johnson was near Highland Avenue and Gulf To Bay Boulevard when he picked up the woman, according to a summary of an internal affairs investigation, released today.
Johnson chose to resign rather than be fired, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Johnson gave authorities different stories about how the woman ended up in his car.
This wasn't the first time Johnson has had problems stemming from an encounter with a prostitute. A few years ago, he went by himself to the home of a prostitute who was also working as a confidential informant.
In 2012, he gave a prostitute a ride home after she was released from the Pinellas County Jail. The prostitute told authorities Johnson had been circling her in the parking lot of the adjacent criminal court complex before asking her for a ride...
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