PBSO employee facing prostitution-related charges
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A civilian employee with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is accused of running a house of prostitution.
Authorities arrested 58-year-old Joseph Thomas Maira Thursday during an undercover investigation at his home on Ixora Circle in Lake Worth.
Arriving home in two unmarked vehicles, PBSO employee Joseph Maira refused to answer questions.
He’s now facing several criminal charges including possession of cocaine and maintaining a house of prostitution.
His front yard is littered with unopened condoms and a shirt with the sheriff’s office logo on it was visible inside of a car parked at the home.
A sheriff’s office spokesperson told CBS12 that Maira is a civilian employee working as a general services aide in the fleet management division.
A woman came to the home on Ixora circle Friday afternoon she says to feed cats wouldn’t talk about the allegations.
Deputies say they came to the home Wednesday night while investigating an ad for prostitution on an escort website. A woman inside offered to perform sex acts on an undercover investigator for $250 according to court documents. Once deputies moved in, they say they found a gram of cocaine and Maira in a bathroom with a loaded handgun and a cell phone.
The woman told investigators that Maira “makes her do sexual acts for money” and that he “normally takes money from her proceeds of prostitution.”
Maira is on paid administrative leave from the sheriff’s office.
His attorney did not return our message seeking comment.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public's trust. Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct. This misconduct was reported, investigated and subsequently determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges.
The Sheriff's Office will remain vigilant to insure that our efforts are professional and meet the high standards that the public has come to expect.