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Tampa firefighter arrested in prostitution sting

Posted at 10:55 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 10:55:41-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say a Florida firefighter was arrested while trying to solicit sex acts from an undercover detective while in his uniform.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say 46-year-old Tampa firefighter Brian Hartzler was charged Wednesday with soliciting to commit prostitution. He was released from jail on a $500 bond.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny says the agency will make a determination on his status once the report from the sheriff's office is reviewed.

Sheriff Chad Chronister tells news outlets Hartzler's arrest is part of an operation against human trafficking. Three other men were also arrested.

An attorney wasn't listed for Hartzler.