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BSO releases video of Miami Gardens police chief arrest

Stephen Johnson arrested last week on suspicion of soliciting prostitution

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DANIA BEACH, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff's Office has released video taken from a hidden camera of the arrest of Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson.

Johnson was arrested at a Dania Beach hotel and fired last week on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.

According to deputies, an advertisement was placed in the escort section of a website listing a telephone number and price rates, including a two-girl special.

A man, who was later identified as Johnson, called the telephone number provided in the ad. Deputies said an undercover detective answered the call and had several conversations with Johnson.

During the conversations, Johnson said he wanted to do everything and the detective asked him if he had any special requests, the affidavit said.

In the video, Johnson arrives at room 423 and is greeted by a woman posing as a prostitute.

Johnson said he wanted the detective to wear heels since he had a fetish for heels, the report said.

"Oh no. Listen, we keep it fresh," the undercover detective said in the video. "I'm talking about, she said you wanted heels, right?"

In the video, Johnson is asked if $100 is OK, to which he agrees. Moments later, he gives her the cash.

Johnson lays on a bed as one of the two women in the room tells him she's going to change.

"So, where you coming from?" the woman said in the video.

"Work," Johnson replied.

Seconds later, BSO deputies enter the room and arrest Johnson. Inside Johnson's right rear pocket were two condoms, according to the report.

After he was released from jail, Johnson told Local 10 News that the stress of the job overwhelmed him. Johnson said his poor decision "was totally out of character."

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Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.