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Officer fired after prostitution sting

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 18:50:11-04

The Boynton Beach Police Department announced it has fired a police officer whom it says was caught in an undercover prostitution operation.

The department said it terminated the employment of Officer Vintyre Finney on April 11.

The department says Finney negotiated oral sex in exchange for $20 from an undercover Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy in October of last year.

It said he was released for violation of two department policies-- conduct unbecoming a police officer and conformance to law.

“The decision to terminate someone’s employment is difficult for all involved but when it becomes apparent that an employee is either unwilling or incapable of maintaining agency standards, it’s a decision that must be made,” Acting Chief Kelly Harris said in a news release. “The community counts on us to manage the police department in a way that reflects our principles of civility, accountability and pride. We are committed to continuing to turn this agency around and rebuilding the community’s trust.”

The department said Finney was hired in 2008 and placed on administrative leave with pay on October 19, 2015.

Finney's attorney, John Howe, says his client has entered a not guilty plea and plans to fight the charges.