Coconut Creek, FL -- A Florida cop, with a history of corruption, is in hot water after being caught on camera engaging in acts that the state has deemed illegal.
Coconut Creek Police Officer James Yacobellis has been drawing his $90,000 annual salary for the last 16 months while he's been on paid vacation for his misdeeds.
Yacobellis was being investigated for lying about the details of a marijuana arrest, failing to report the fact that he tormented a suspect with his taser, and taking three-hour lunch breaks. However, none of these things got him fired. After an "investigation" and a paid vacation, he was allowed to return to work.
Not until Yacobellis engaged in a mutually beneficial arrangement with an Asian massage therapist, was this cop fired.
Yacobellis was caught on several hidden cameras that were placed in the O Asian Wellness Spa and Massage parlor by the Coconut Creek police department.
Lying about arrests and brutalizing people is apparently acceptable if you are a Coconut Creek cop. However, paying a willing person for special treatment during a massage is a big no-no.
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How exactly did Coconut Creek cops get those hidden cameras in the spa in the first place?
Since Yacobellis was an officer of the law, he's avoided any criminal punishment by agreeing to attend a special program, but the incident ended his career with the Coconut Creek Police Department.
"The city has no choice but to terminate your employment," Chief Michael Mann wrote in a letter. "Unfortunately, you knowingly and admittedly violated the law and engaged in immoral and inappropriate conduct, even after previously having been issued disciplinary actions related to poor judgment."
But this begs the question. What is more "immoral," exchanging money with a willing provider of sexual services, or kidnapping and caging people who want to engage in voluntary and mutually beneficial arrangements?
By making the act of selling sex illegal, the state creates criminals out otherwise completely innocent people. It also pushes these mutually beneficial transactions into dark alleys, making it unsafe for both parties.
The bottom line is that sex sells and the state's skewed reality victimizes those who simply wish exchange their sexual ability for money.
The state does, however, allow people to exchange money for sex in some special incidents. But if the sex isn't filmed, put onto a DVD, taxed, and distributed as pornography, then it's "illegal," according to our rulers.