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Austin Police Officer Fired for Connection to Prostitutes

A six-year member of the Austin Police Department as been stripped of his badge by Chief Art Acevedo after what the police department calls a "lengthy internal affairs investigation" into the officer's relationship with two prostitutes.

"This conduct is a clear breach of the public trust," says Assistant Chief David Carter, in a Wednesday afternoon news conference. "It isn't a front to the hardworking and brave police officers that we have here protecting and serving the citizens of this community."

The Chief Wednesday afternoon issued the indefinite suspension of Officer Scott Lando, who was commissioned as an Austin Police officer on May 10, 2002.

Gene Acuna, spokesman for Austin City Hall, confirms Lando's suspension in a memo dated Wednesday, April 16.

"We're going to go back and scrutinize and find out, 'were there indicators that we missed'," says Carter. "Were there leadership issues? Were there other things we could have spotted to prevent this from occurring or detect at an earlier stage?"

Carter says they recognize it is a breach of the public's trust and that APD will be "vigilant" and "strive to regain that trust".

Austin Police say this case stems from an earlier case involving another officer who resigned more than a year ago.

Lando's case is now in the hands of Austin's Civil Service Commission and will likely be brought before a Grand Jury for indictment. Carter says Lando has the right to an appeal.
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