We’ve probably all seen some crime TV whether it be Cops or one of the many “torn from the headlines” type shows. Inevitably you’ll run across an episode with a prostitution sting. It’s always the same. The cop asks for prices. The hooker says are you a cop? The cop is required to say, “Damn! I am. Sorry. You’re free to go. You’re obviously too smart for us.” Entrapment is a no-no. Right? Wrong. Apparently lying is okay.
Do you know what else appears to be perfectly within the cop’s right? Getting a little action before springing the big one on her. By big one I mean, “SURPRISE! I’m really a cop!” I feel like I have been misled.
Homestead police officer, 48 year old Ronald Depellegrin, had his cake and ate it too. Ahem. When Depellegrin found an ad on Backpage.com for sexual services he made arrangements for a sting operation. Perhaps he received a little coaching. The call was made to the “service provider”, 26 year old Diana Gross, aka Beckie Dymon. Prices were set, a location was chosen, supplies were purchased, and Ms. Gross was in business… or so she thought.
Officer Depellegrin arrived at Gross’ residence with condoms and baby wipes and Gross proceeded to initiate the transaction. Both parties exchanged the traditional, “Are you a cop?” “No, are you a cop?” greetings. She undressed. He touched her. She requested that he undress. He did. She put a condom on his little officer. Perhaps you think this is the point where he notifies her that he is in fact a cop. It’s not. In fact, Depellegrin allowed her to perform oral sex on him before stating, “Oh shit. The cops are coming.” Go ahead. I’ll let you have a second with that.
At this point, Ms. Gross stops performing oral sex, and Depellegrin informs her that he’s a cop. She is subsequently arrested. Here’s the kicker. Not only is that entrapment thing okay, but Depellegrin’s superiors have no intention of suspending him. It’s totally legit, they say. It was part of an undercover investigation. No harm. No foul. He was just taking one for the team. Poor guy. What a champ.