POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA – What are the chances that a Broward County sheriff’s deputy would be charged with propositioning an undercover colleague for sex during a prostitution sting?
That’s what officials say happened during a countywide crime sweep Wednesday to Christian Benenati, 40, a deputy with a decade’s experience with the agency.
Benenati was off-duty that afternoon, Broward sheriff’s spokesman Jim Leljedal said.
The deputy, who works in BSO’s department of law enforcement, was charged with soliciting another person for lewdness, a misdemeanor offense.
Broward sheriff’s deputies have been busted on similar charges before.
“In the history of the Broward Sheriff’s Office? Unfortunately, this is not the first,” Leljedal said. “But it is exceedingly rare.”
Benenati offered the female undercover officer — one of 1,541 BSO deputies sworn to uphold the law who was posing as a prostitute — $20 in exchange for oral sex, according to an arrest report.
The report describes the 4:38 p.m. incident at 1201 NW 31st Ave. in Pompano Beach, and says Benenati declined to accompany the deputy to a motel, proposing that their transaction happen in his gray Nissan Altima.
Internal Affairs is investigating the arrest and Benenati is suspended with pay, pending any charges filed against him by the State Attorney’s Office, Leljedal said.
The spokesman said he could not discuss specifics about the case, including why Benenati was detained in Pompano Beach and arrested four hours later in Coral Springs at 1000 N. University Drive, which is the address of a sports bar.