On Sunday, The Sun, the Redlands Daily Facts, and the Daily Bulletin ran a full-page advertisement paid for by the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA). SEBA is the union representing the county’s law enforcement officers. The ad attacked San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto and Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux.
Two weeks ago this blog exposed Lamberto’s dirty little secret, and along with it, a cover-up by Devereaux to protect his top hatchet man. Lamberto was arrested in March of this year after he answered an ad for a prostitute and found himself caught up in a sting operation targeting human trafficking.
Despite reported claims that the Fifth Floor is making that it was all a “misunderstanding,” anyone who deals with the crime of prostitution knows that to be arrested for it, one must commit specific acts or it is not a violation. Penal Code section 647(b) reads:
Who solicits or who agrees to engage in or who engages in any act of prostitution. A person agrees to engage in an act of prostitution when, with specific intent to so engage, he or she manifests an acceptance of an offer or solicitation to so engage, regardless of whether the offer or solicitation was made by a person who also possessed the specific intent to engage in prostitution. No agreement to engage in an act of prostitution shall constitute a violation of this subdivision unless some act, in addition to the agreement, is done within this state in furtherance of the commission of an act of prostitution by the person agreeing to engage in that act. As used in this subdivision, “prostitution” includes any lewd act between persons for money or other consideration.
I’m sure even the Legal Beagle on Ice at County Counsel could explain this one to the Board of Supervisors sufficiently so that too realize they are being lied to by Devereaux or whoever is claiming that an arrest and conviction for soliciting a prostitute is for soliciting a prostitute, not a “misunderstanding.”
Below is the ad taken out by SEBA. If you would like to read it, click on it to enlarge it.