Florida Officer Caught On Video Picking Up Prostitutes While On Patrol

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MELBOURNE, FL. (CNN) - A police officer in Florida was fired after he allegedly picked up prostitutes in his patrol car.  Police say the evidence was caught on camera.  Dan Billow has details.  

Melbourne police officer José Otero's car stops at an intersection.  
A woman, identified by police as a prostitute, crosses in front of the car, and investigators say, she gets in.  

More of that ride and others would be caught on camera, leading to criminal charges, and Otero’s firing.

"While police say Otero was driving his patrol car to pick up prostitutes, he didn't know that other officers were watching him from unmarked cars. Nor did he know that his own dash camera was gathering evidence."

While Otero’s camera recorded where he was going, a handheld camera in an unmarked car was following.  

And there were other cameras, like this one, that records Otero talking with a woman police identify as a prostitute.  

Investigators interviewed four prostitutes who admitted having sex with Otero on the job-- his job.  

At the police department, the chief held a meeting to confront the officer with the allegations.

"Officer Otero did not show up to that meeting to present any information."

Most stunning of all is this scene.  A woman gets out of the passenger side of Otero’s car.  An officer gets out of the driver's side with no shirt on.  He begins to put his uniform back on.  

Police say this went on from at least February to May.

In Otero’s termination letter, the police chief writes: "the criminal conduct uncovered during this investigation is extremely disturbing and demonstrates that you lack the proper judgment in your role as a police officer."  

Otero will be prosecuted for seven misdemeanors.

His attorney did not comment. 

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