Probation for ex-NY trooper in hooker scandal
Posted at: 03/27/2013 2:40 PM
| Updated at: 03/27/2013 10:43 PM
By: Associated Press | WHEC.com
A former state trooper who was fired for organizing off-duty parties featuring prostitutes has avoided going to jail.
Local media outlets report Titus Taggart was sentenced in Buffalo Wednesday to three years on probation and 300 hours of community service.
Taggart pleaded guilty in Erie County Court in December to promoting prostitution. The plea came eight months after the 18-year veteran was suspended by the state police as they investigated allegations that he threw off-duty parties with prostitutes.
The 42-year-old Taggart had been assigned to the Thruway detail in Buffalo. Other western New York troopers were also accused of misconduct and suspended during the investigation.
Prosecutors say Taggart's off-duty party organizing included bringing prostitutes across the border from Canada.
Taggart is the son of retired state police Col. Arthur Taggart.