A Boston police detective has been put on paid administrative leave after he was arrested in a prostitution sting in Lynn overnight, Boston police said.
Lysander Wright, 48, of Lynn also had his department-issued firearm taken away, Boston police said.
Lynn detectives were conducting the sting at Union and Pinkham streets, an area “well known for vice crime including prostitution,” a Lynn police report said. Just before 12:15 a.m., Wright approached a female undercover officer, who was posing as a prostitute, and offered $20 for oral sex.
When detectives approached Wright, the police report said, he stated, “If she said I offered her twenty dollars for [oral sex], she is lying.” He then added, “I’m on the job.”
Wright was arrested for offering to pay for sex just before 12:45 a.m. The arresting officer, Christopher Hagerty, informed Wright that a known prostitute had recently alleged that a police officer had picked her up in the downtown area and driven her to a location off of Chatham Street, where she performed oral sex on him. The officer then told her to get out of the car before he arrested her, the police report said.
Despite offering to pay $20 for the sex act, Wright only had $7 on his person at the time of his arrest, the police report noted.
Wright was one of 16 men arrested, Boston and Lynn police said. He was arraigned this afternoon in Lynn District Court on a charge of paying for sexual conduct.
The sting, which took place from 8 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday, was aimed at arresting males as they solicited females for sex, Lynn Police Lieutenant Stephen Haberek said. All the men arrested had solicited the female undercover officer, Haberek said.
Wright joined the Boston force in 1989 and became a detective in 2011, police said. He is assigned to the South Boston district.
At Wright’s arraignment today, a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said. Wright was given a bail warning and released.
Wright is due next in court May 10.
A telephone message left seeking comment at Wright’s home was not immediately returned.