Brunswick chief misled council in prostitute case

Mayor of coastal town says police weren't forthcoming with what really happened

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6:39 AM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Last week Brunswick officials were satisfied Police Chief Edna Johnson had appropriately disciplined an officer who had sex with a prostitute.

That's because they believed the officer didn't know the woman was a prostitute until after the incident.

An internal affairs investigation obtained through an open records request, however, shows the officer, Demetrius E. Dixon, did know about the prostitution and had failed a polygraph test before admitting it.

Now, Mayor Bryan Thompson says Johnson did not give him the correct facts before he spoke and said she is accountable for not doing so.

"In my mind right now, this is extremely serious," he said.

Johnson agreed the information she gave to Thompson and the city manager was incorrect.

"I made a mistake. It's no fault of theirs," she said. "I didn't have all the facts before me and I was bringing that information to the meeting from memory."

The City Commission has scheduled a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss a personnel issue in executive session.

Last week both City Manager Roosevelt Harris and Thompson said the officer admitted to paying a woman $30 for sex but didn't know until afterward that she was a prostitute. Had Dixon not passed a polygraph test, he would have been terminated immediately, Thompson had said.

Dixon received 10 days unpaid suspension and was placed on probationary status.

But the internal affairs report paints a different picture.

The officer took two polygraph tests. The first was inconclusive and the second showed the officer lied about having sex. The officer then made this admission to the police investigator, according to the report:

"He told me that he had picked [the woman] up at the Citgo station ... The subject turned to sex and [she] told him she charged thirty dollars. He stated that until she mentioned money, he didn't really know she was a prostitute. He agreed to pay her the thirty dollars but told her that he didn't have the cash, but could stop at the ATM afterwards."

They then had intercourse, the report says.

The internal affairs investigation stems from a incident in September in which Glynn County police stopped a suspicious car. The county officers reported that the driver identified himself as a Brunswick police officer and that they knew the woman to be a prostitute. There was not enough evidence to charge either with a crime.

In response to an anonymous complaint, an internal affairs investigation was done beginning Dec. 30 after which Johnson disciplined Dixon.

Thompson said he had only glanced at the investigative report and that Johnson had told him the officer passed the polygraph.

Informed of the failed polygraph, Thompson reversed his support of the disciplinary response and said, "It appears I have been seriously misled by the chief of police..."

Asked whether the chief was answering from memory, Thompson said Johnson had been reading from and flipping through the files as she spoke.

"What I left with for sure, hands down, was the polygraph showed no deception," he said. "How would it explain otherwise the way she handled this young man's case?"

Speaking to the City Commission last week, Brunswick resident Sandy Dean cited Dixon's discipline as an example of Johnson's mismanagement. She criticized commissioners for not investigating problems at the police department more aggressively.

"I feel you have failed the community and me by your handling or not handling of the problem at the police department," Dean said.

On Monday, Thompson agreed he was accountable.

"I take full responsibility for not pushing as hard as I should have and for not questioning harder, staff that I trusted," he said.

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corgimom 06/22/10 - 06:52 am
"Last week both City Manager

"Last week both City Manager Roosevelt Harris and Thompson said the officer admitted to paying a woman $30 for sex but didn't know until afterward that she was a prostitute. "

Give me a break, nobody would believe that fish story.

johnston.cliff 06/22/10 - 08:07 am
What's the definition of

What's the definition of prostitute? Would giving a woman cash in exchange for sex fall into the range of prostitution?

redapples 06/22/10 - 08:11 am
Morals...are they out-dated

Morals...are they out-dated and old-fashioned? What is wrong with people?!

baronvonreich 06/22/10 - 08:44 am
The laws are what are

The laws are what are out-dated. Prostitution is like any other job people perform and should be treated as such. It is just another example of the oppressive religious zealots in America trying to legislate their beliefs on society.

Just Another Day
Just Another Day 06/22/10 - 08:46 am
A city official having

A city official having consensual intercourse (between two consenting adults) AND the city official is off duty and out of uniform.........UUMM

stillamazed 06/22/10 - 09:16 am
$30.00 for sex? What a

$30.00 for sex? What a bargain, boy times must be hard in the business now a days.

pommom38 06/22/10 - 09:52 am
Far as I see it, the cop

Far as I see it, the cop needs to face punishment that anyone else would for the same offense.
Ok, so you pick up a chick at a store, she tells you a fee for sex. Yet you claim you didn't know she was a prostitute. How easy is it to become a police officer nowadays?? You're supposed to uphold the law, yet you break it. Yea, I know.. They do it on a daily basis, I feel so protected.

CoastalDawg 06/22/10 - 09:53 am
I don't think the sexual

I don't think the sexual encounter is the real "culprit" here, it's the deception on the part of everyone from the policeman on up the chain. "I did NOT have sexual intercourse with that woman!? Sound familiar? So if it's OK for the chief in the White House to prevaricate, it must be OK for all Americans to do so, right? And that has become a national past time for those who are supposed to be SERVING we the people- say whatever is expedient at that moment you're caught, then apologize for having "misspoken" later and all will be well. The government regularly puts people behind bars for lying, yet does that with a straight face on a regular basis and then apologizes his/her way out. Certainly once the subject of money was mentioned, that woman was a prostitute even if she'd never been one before. The policeman must have been hard up (pun intended?) to have had to pay someone for a few seconds of release - and then the untruths began. Our moral compass is almost beyond repair - we the people need to begin to hold our so called leaders accountable for sex, lies, and videotapes of the same but on the other hand we must also hold OURSELVES accountable. " The laws are what are out-dated. Prostitution is like any other job people perform and should be treated as such. It is just another example of the oppressive religious zealots in America trying to legislate their beliefs on society." There is much more to this than the last sentence would indicate. History has proven that...

veggie-d 06/22/10 - 12:21 pm
$30? get what you pay

$30? get what you pay for! a burning sensation "down there"...a lil itchy outbreak every month...a dramatic loss of weight... your immune system breaking down...there's a lot you get for your $30...

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