Second Broward Sheriff's deputy suspended following prostitution sting

 A second Broward Sheriff's deputy was suspended with pay in connection to a prostitution sting that was conducted by the agency.

Deputy Christian Benenati, 40, was off-duty June 13 when he was charged with soliciting a female colleague by offering $20 for oral sex as she worked undercover in Pompano Beach.

Benenati, who has a 10-year career with BSO, was not arrested until four hours later, at the address of a sports bar at 1000 N. University Drive, in Coral Springs.

He was suspended with pay and has applied for legal assistance through the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, its president, Pat Hanrahan, said Friday.

The report that describes Benenati's arrest was signed by Sgt. George Anthony III.

Broward Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal confirmed Friday that Anthony was also suspended, with pay. Leljedal said because of an on-going internal affairs investigation, he could not further discuss circumstances of the deputies' cases.

Anthony, 38, who was not arrested, is a former Hialeah police officer and has worked for BSO since 2001, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records.  

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