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Vegas sheriff: Retired officer child sex case ‘distressing’

November 23, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The arrest of a retired Las Vegas police officer on a felony child prostitution charge prompted Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo to acknowledge they are friends and issue a statement and calling the allegation distressing.

Kirk Reed Hooten’s defense attorney, David Chesnoff, said Friday that people shouldn’t rush to judgment.

Hooten is due in court Monday following his arrest Thursday and release on $10,000 bond. Details of the case could be made public then.

Lombardo says detectives began Nov. 15 to investigate a social media post about an incident involving a teenage girl in the Las Vegas area.

Hooten is 51. He retired in April after 25 years as a police officer.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports his wife is a police sergeant assigned to the department’s sex crimes unit.