Broward Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Bleiweiss, 29, has been arrested on charges of using his position to coerce sex from illegal immigrants in Florida. The arrest has shocked the gay community, which saw Bleiweiss as a pioneer as one of the first openly gay officers on the force.
Bleiweiss is charged with 14 counts involving at least eight men. He allegedly used traffic stops to coerce the men into performing sexual acts.
The victims say that Bleiweiss fondled them during stops and forced them to give him their telephone numbers. He then allegedly harassed them until they met with him for sex.
Of course, the story should not be used against the gay community or gay cops, though it is likely to be used in that fashion by some. The fact is that straight officers have been arrested for using traffic stops to solicit sex (here and here). If these allegations are true, the story says little about gay cops or cops in general.
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