Police officers’ jobs are to keep people safe and enforce the law. Sometimes, however, cops find themselves on the other side of the law. Just take a recent fatal shooting in Utica and the bizarre story about how it got one officer charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Albany police officer Christopher Kitto shot and killed a man who tried to rob Kitto while brandishing a knife, according to the Times Union. Cops in Utica, where the shooting happened, said he acted in self -defense. But they also said Kitto was with a prostitute at the time. He had spent the evening at a local casino and linked up with the woman through a prostitution website, the Utica police said.

Kitto was charged with a misdemeanor for patronizing a prostitute and placed on administrative leave. Those types of offenses usually don’t result in cops being fired, but Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins told the Times Union the department was still evaluating the situation. The department did not, however, send internal affairs investigators to the crime scene.

Defenses in Sex Crime Cases

The Kitto shooting may have been out of the ordinary, but prostitution and other sex offenses are relatively common crimes in the Capital District.

The crimes of patronizing a prostitute occurs when a person pays or agrees to pay another person for some form of sexual contact. At the lowest level, third degree patronizing is a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in prison. Second degree patronizing, which involves a prostitute less than 15 years old, is a felony that’s punishable by up to four years in prison. First degree patronization involves situations in which the prostitute is younger than 13 years old. It’s also a felony, punishable by up to seven years behind bars.

That’s not to mention the significant stigma that often comes with being a convicted sex offender. That can make it difficult to find and keep a job. Because of the serious potential punishment and limits on defenses in child sex abuse cases, it is important to fight these cases head on.

Talk With an Experienced Albany Sex Crimes Attorney

If you or a loved one has been charged with prostitution or related sex crimes in the Capital District, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced Albany sex crimes attorney. A lawyer can help you weigh your options and start building the strongest possible defense, in some cases before you’ve even been charged with a crime.

James E. Tyner is an experienced attorney who has been representing clients in domestic violence and other cases for more than a decade. Mr. Tyner has a strong track record of getting optimal results for the people that he represents. He is happy to serve clients in Albany, Schenectady, Latham and throughout the state. Contact us online or call 518-783-3800 to schedule a free consultation.