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Husband finds his garda wife had web hooker profile

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry
Husband finds his garda wife had web hooker profile

An investigation into allegations that a female garda was working as a prostitute was sparked when her husband reported that she had a profile on an escort website.

The Dublin-based garda, who is married with two kids, is at the centre of probe into allegations she was moonlighting as a hooker.

Her images appeared on an online escort website, but the profile has been shut down since the investigation was launched.

“He was furious when he found out about the pictures and he reported the matter to Gardaí,” said a source.

While she will not face prosecution if the allegations are proven to be true, she could face being booted out of the force for bringing the job into disrepute.

Prostitution is legal in Ireland, but acts such as operating brothels and soliciting in a public place are illegal.

The investigation comes at a time when Garda representatives have been calling for pay restoration.

The Garda Representative Association has told how many members have had financial difficulties due to pay cuts and levies imposed in recent years.

New recruits to the force currently receive an annual salary of €23,171 and it recently emerged that three newly-qualified gardaí resigned from the force due to the low pay.

Sources said the female officer at the centre of the probe is not a new recruit on the lower wage.

Last year, a garda was fined after having sex with a prostitute he was investigating. The woman alleged the garda raped her, but the DPP did not believe there was sufficient evidence to charge the officer.

The woman said the garda was part of a team who arrested her and another woman who were working as prostitutes from the same premises. Afterwards, he returned and had sex with the woman.

She said she felt obliged to have sex with him because he was a garda and feared she would be raided again if she declined.