WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The case against a woman cited for prostitution in March 2012 has been dismissed.
Lauren Crocker was cited for solicitation of prostitution during an undercover Vice and Narcotics sting for the Wilmington Police Department.
Court records show Crocker's case had been continued several times in the past year before it was dismissed last week.
Two other women were cited for prostitution during the operation, but both of those cases have since been voided. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said he knows why the cases were void, but could not disclose that information.
An internal investigation into the officers involved in the undercover sting stated they acted outside of acceptable standards for the use of alcohol, but did not break any laws.
The investigation revealed several departmental violations, including consuming too much alcohol and not properly documenting cash transactions.
The investigation also revealed a video camera used during the operation has since been reported missing, possibly stolen by a WPD Officer.
The internal investigation was open until the end of February 2013 and has led to an SBI investigation into the situation.
District Attorney Ben David has already said that his office is reviewing every pending court case involving three WPD officers that were disciplined as a result of the operation.
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