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Former Miami Gardens police chief pleads no contest to soliciting prostitution

Stephen Johnson arrested in February during BSO undercover operation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The former police chief of Miami Gardens agreed to a plea deal Tuesday after his February arrest on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.

Stephen Johnson pleaded no contest and was sentenced to six months of probation. He also agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty.

Johnson was arrested at a Dania Beach hotel during an undercover Broward Sheriff's Office operation.

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

A man 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.

Johnson said he wanted the detective to wear heels because he had a fetish for heels, the report said. Johnson wanted a 30-minute session, which the detective said would cost $80, the report said.

The detective said there was a two-girl special, and Johnson said he was interested, the affidavit said. The detective told Johnson that the price for the two women would be $100 for 30 minutes, and he agreed, deputies said.

Johnson arrived at the hotel, walked up to the room and knocked on the door. He was allowed into the room by an undercover detective, the report said.

Johnson then gave the detective $100 as agreed upon during the phone conversation, the report said.

Johnson was arrested shortly thereafter. Inside Johnson's right rear pocket were two condoms, according to the report.

After Johnson was released from jail, he told Local 10 News that the stress of his job overwhelmed him.

"It was a bad decision, and I can't explain why because I can't explain the feeling that came over me in dealing with the situations that I had to deal with," Johnson said in March.


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