Ex-Cop With Porn Past Can Keep Certification

The Law Offices of George Castrataro, P.A.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD (CBS4) ―

A former Hollywood Police officer fired for failing to disclose his role in a gay porn film can continue working as a police officer.  That is the decision of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Michael Verdugo called the decision vindication. The police department fired Michael Verdugo after they discovered he acted in a gay porn film called Rope Rituals.

"We definitely opened up their eyes and letting Hollywood know we're not just going to sit down and take this," Verdugo told CBS4′s Carey Codd.

Verdugo and his lawyer, George Castrataro, said Hollywood Police wanted Verdugo's certification taken away.

"They wanted blood. They were out for vengeance," Verdugo said. "They could have just terminated me but they went for my certificate. They went after me."

The FDLE did place Verdugo on probation for one year and demand that he take an ethics class. His lawyer said FDLE may suspend his certification for one month. Castrataro said that is standard punishment for failing to disclose information on an employment application.

"If their issue was that he didn't disclose something on his application, then whether if it was performing in Othello, or performing in a porno, it shouldn't have any difference and that's what FDLE said today," Castrataro said.

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