By Gerhard Schneibel
gerhard@reporternewspapers.net

The Sandy Springs Police Department is investigating an officer for possibly violating departmental policy while conducting prostitution stings.

In reports dated Aug. 19 and Aug. 22, Officer J. Mayberry wrote explicit accounts of the actions he took in building cases against two suspected prostitutes. Those actions included engaging in sexual acts and intercourse.

The first incident took place at the Hunters Glen Apartments, 8601 Roberts Drive. The second took place at the Mirage I Spa, 8610 Roswell Road.

The first prostitution suspect, age 24, was apprehended by three officers after a short foot chase. She told police she had been arrested for prostitution in DeKalb County less than a year ago and was wanted on a larceny warrant from that county. She provided police with limited information about weapons and narcotics traffickers and other prostitutes who operate through the craigslist.org Web site.

One of the arresting officers was Lt. Jim Fraker, who was reprimanded during a July investigation into officers accepting gifts from citizens and abusing off-duty jobs.

The second prostitution suspect is a 33-year-old Brazilian immigrant who was arrested along with a female accomplice. The accomplice was charged with conspiracy to commit prostitution.

The three women were taken to the Doraville Jail.

Police announced the investigation Oct. 21. They are looking into Mayberry’s decision in both cases to proceed with sexual acts rather than arrest the women as soon as their criminal intent was clear.

Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult, whose first day was Oct. 27, said he “only had a cursory briefing on a lot of issues, that being one of them.”

“Frankly, it’d be a little inappropriate for me to talk about it until I am up to speed on it,” he said. “We expect our officers to have good judgment. We also expect errors to be made, and we’ll have to judge each case on its own merits.”

Sult replaced Maj. David Bertrand as chief. Bertrand held the post on an interim basis after Chief Gene Wilson resigned during the July investigation into the department.