BUFFALO, NEW YORK – An internal investigation into alleged misconduct has led to the suspension of three State Troopers.
A State Police press release says Titus Taggart, 41, allegedly organized parties that may have involved the promotion of prostitution. The alleged incidents happened when Taggart was off duty. Taggart is assigned to Troop T in Buffalo, which patrols the Thruway.
A NYS Police spokesman in Albany confirms for 13WHAM News that Taggart’s father, Arthur, was a 34-year veteran of the State Police who retired in 1997 as a Colonel who served directly under two past superintendents.
Two troopers who are assigned to the Troop T Henrietta barracks have also been suspended without pay.
Jeremy Smith, 34, and Michael Petritz, 33, are accused of misconduct. A State Police press release says they were not involved in organizing the parties.
The suspensions are the result of an internal investigation and the NY State Police spokesman added that a parallel criminal investigation is also underway. He would not comment on the status of any other investigations by outside agencies. The spokesman was unaware how many Troopers could be caught up in the ongoing investigations.
Numerous media reports have cited sources that claim the women involved were brought into Western New York from Canada.
Criminal charges have not been filed.