Officer fired in prostitution probe reinstated

Posted at 8:37 AM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 10:37:47-05
One of the Tucson police officers fired for his alleged involvement with a prostitution ring has been reinstated.
A city spokeswoman says the Civil Service Commission reversed the Tucson Police Department's decision, granted Vincent Valenzuela's appeal of termination and reinstated him with a 40-hour suspension.
Court records show Valenzuela was fired in August after police found evidence of felony computer tampering discovered during the prostitution probe.
Valenzuela filed a petition to get his job back with the citizen board that reviews appeals by city employees.
In July, police officials announced five department employees had been fired for their involvement with the massage parlors but Valenzuela's firing wasn't revealed by police until three months later.
The police department says Valenzuela never was investigated as a customer of the massage parlors.