KSAZ Fox 10 - KUTP My45 - MyFoxPhoenix.com - August 29, 2011
EL PASO, Texas - A Phoenix Police officer has been arrested in El Paso, Texas. The officer was busted during a prostitution sting. Officer Sheldon Czegledi is accused of trying to pay an undercover deputy for sex on Friday night. El Paso County Sheriff's deputies say Czegledi tried to pay an undercover deputy $45 for sex. That undercover deputy was walking down the street when she claims Czegledi drove up to her and agreed to meet her at a motel. At the motel, he allegedly gave her a $5 deposit for sex, and then left to go to an ATM. He was pulled over on his way. According to El Paso sheriff's deputies, he pleaded with them to let him go, that his wife would leave him, and that he'd lose his job. He then allegedly asked to speak to a supervisor and revealed he was an off-duty Phoenix Police officer. Czegledi has worked for the Phoenix Police Department for 14 years. He's currently a patrol officer for the central city precinct. The Phoenix Police department has since launched an internal investigation. They just found out about the arrest Monday afternoon -- so no decision yet on whether Czegledi will be placed on leave or desk duty. Authorities in El Paso will handle the criminal part of the investigation. Czegledi was one of 17 people arrested during the sting. He posted a $300 bond and it's not clear when his next court date will be.