NY state trooper suspended amid prostitution probe
BUFFALO A New York state trooper was suspended without pay Thursday amid allegations he threw off-duty parties involving prostitution.
Trooper Titus Taggart, 41, was suspended as a result of an internal investigation that began in December, state police said in a statement.
"Trooper Taggart is alleged to have organized parties that may have involved the promotion of prostitution, while off-duty," the statement said.
It said no arrests have been made.
Two other state troopers were also suspended without pay Thursday in connection with the investigation for "allegedly engaging in misconduct." However, the two troopers were not involved in organizing the parties, state police said.
Taggart has been with the state police for 18 years and is assigned to Troop T in Buffalo, the unit responsible for patrolling the Thruway.
No one answered at a Buffalo phone number listed in Taggart's name.
Taggart is the son of retired state police Col. Arthur Taggart, who was a special assistant to former state police Superintendent Thomas Constantine. A message left at Arthur Taggart's home wasn't returned early Thursday evening.
New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Thomas Mungeer told The Buffalo News the union usually does not get involved in representing troopers in off-duty matters