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Police Dept. Puts Officer on Leave Over Alleged Porn Past

News of Hollywood, Florida police officer and HGTV Design Star contestant Michael Verdugo's alleged participation in gay bondage porn videos was reported earlier this week, and the news of his possible involvement has led to his suspension on administrative leave from the police department:

Verdugo"Verdugo joined the police force in 2001, five years after the movie was filmed. 'He's a great cop with a distinguished record of serving this community for many years,' said Al Milian, Verdugo's attorney. Milian would not deny or confirm Verdugo's possible involvement in the film. 'I think every police officer during their career are subject to investigations. The overwhelming number of allegations are always found to be unfounded,' Milian said. Milian said that ever since Verdugo's sexual orientation was revealed in 2004, he has dealt with discrimination and harassment. 'I think when you have a certain lifestyle in the 21st century, you're always going to be subject to heightened scrutiny,' Milian said...Milian said he is prepared to defend Verdugo's record and outstanding contribution to the community."

Here is what got him in trouble (it's most definitely NSFW).

Verdugo's finalist audition tape for Design Star, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The Police Department may have him on the ethical behavior clause (regarding the porn video) that many city and state employees sign upon hiring. Whether you like it or not it is a major clause that many people sign in the positive and then this happens which equals negative. However with the news that he was suffering discrimination prior to this, I am sure he was ready for this undercover work to discover his past.

    Yes, he did porn and with the internet nothing ever dies. This is a time and space where people are ACTIVELY looking for something anything in the past of someone else. The gay media has played a MAJOR part in this development, the need to feel that you have discovered something amazing. The comparing of tattoos, the resurgence of the video box cover across the web etc has all been there especially by the "gay press". But I would not blame them for it because it sales whatever and boost whatever validity of an individual who discovers it. He made his money "then" and someone is making their money "now".

    I also agree that for 10 years he was "invisible" launching yourself on a network that the gays love on a venue (Design Star) that the gays love for the eye candy factor (all of which he played up BIG TIME) with discernable and visible trademark etchings was "not the sharpest" move. But he may be smarter than it appears.

    We are in America and it is a SPORT to blindside someone especially now with the internet. However I restate: "you did it and you have to deal with it no matter how it returns to the surface."

    There are countless numbers of young men who are going to be affected by their decision to do porn especially sites that promote the farce "straight men". These young men have no rights after they have signed it and the money that you have earned will not sustain you forever actually past a few years.

    Is there any reason for the spiraling out of control, drug use and suicide of many porn actors: they find themselves trapped, what started as something fun to do, make a little money, get laid, become a star of sorts is now a prison with few options.

    Hmmm, as I close this maybe he is smarter than we all think. He will sue the Police Department and get paid a hefty sum or at least his retirement package (just to make it all go away (that has been accrued and then move on to something else. I am sure with his new found attention there are numerous gay men who are willing to pay BIG MONEY to be with him in any capacity. It is a clever marketing scheme especially with him being in Miami, hell the cash he could pocket tax free alone from those gay men (young and old) who want to touch a "star". I say get as much money as possible. Hmmm, he could easily charge $200.00-$300.00 per hour for "whatever" while his "star is burning" again. Maybe he will pay off is home or start a business.

    Please do not say that no one will pay it because they will period!

    Ah, the motivations of a "complete stranger" that we are allowed to look at but know absolutely nothing about is an ever elusive creature.

    Posted by: Charles | Jul 18, 2008 9:47:59 AM


  2. I don't see any reason that he should be put on probation from his job. It's not like he's STILL doing porn. He did it in the past - obviously when he was younger. But this always seems to happen when stars or politicians do things in their youth. At least it's in their youth and not currently happening as, for example, Larry Craig's foot tapping...

    Posted by: J.P. | Jul 18, 2008 9:58:49 AM


  3. If my lawyer used the phrase, "certain lifestyle," I'd get a new lawyer.

    Posted by: tjc | Jul 18, 2008 9:59:16 AM


  4. What a bunch of bullshit.

    "Ethical behavior clause" or no, police officers should be able to do whatever the hell they want in their free time so long as they are not breaking the law.

    I havent looked at the porn link (I'm at work), but what is so 'unethical' about being in porn anyways? Its certainly not for everyone (myself included) but that doesn't mean we have to get all sexophobic about it.

    I wouldn't mind seeing more cop porn myself. Just not the ugly asshole cops, of course.

    Posted by: Wes | Jul 18, 2008 10:05:36 AM


  5. Of course, I suppose I should point out that its probably not his presence in porn that has caused problems at all, but his presence in gay porn.

    If he was in some video screwing a bunch of women, he'd probably get a round of high fives and taken out to the bar with his coworkers.

    Homophobic bitches.

    Posted by: Wes | Jul 18, 2008 10:09:49 AM


  6. Yup, and it's just going to get worse. Thanks to the "I don't give a shit / nobody's gonna fuck with me" mentality of the 1990's, and this hyper-wired mentality today, all the dirt is going to surface.

    I look at the recent disclosure that Google keeps EVERY record of EVERY search, cross referenced back to the source computers. How many times has a closet case Googled "Big cumming cocks" or "gay sex cruising spots FL"? There is no more innocent hiding. The dirt is all out there waiting to be mined. They have already pulled Google records to prove pre-meditation in a murder case; your search for "The Daily beefiest male ass" will surely surface when you vie for the City Council seat in five years.

    So we have one of two options:

    1) Society just has to get over it.
    2) Stop making more crap that will just surface down the road.

    Remember this (and I work in the IT industry) NOTHING on your PC is personal. Not too many people get that point.

    Rad

    Posted by: Rad | Jul 18, 2008 10:17:13 AM


  7. If Milian plans on representing gay clients in the future he better drop "certain lifestyles" and "gay lifestyle" from his vocabulary. If I were Verdugo I would be concerned that he used this outdated, inaccurate and loaded terminology in his public representation of me.

    I think the suspension and investigation is routine and I'm pretty sure it would be the same for a heterosexual officer who was found to have done the same thing as Verdugo.

    Best wishes to him.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jul 18, 2008 10:21:25 AM


  8. I agree with Wes. He is on pay leave. the Hollywood police department is probably trying to cope with the realization of Verdugo's porn past and all the attention by media outlets. But the fact that he was in gay porn as opposed to straight porn, weighs in how the police feels it needs to respond to the general public and how he is ultimately being treated.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 18, 2008 10:26:02 AM


  9. I think the "gay media" that put out Verdugo's past involvement in porn are scumbags. One of the things that is a repeated theme in the "gay media" is a gleefulness about hurting gay people. It's all done with either a false sense of journalistic integrity or a deliberate malicious intent.

    On the one end, there are dirt bags like Perez Hilton who takes pleasure in outing people who may or may not be gay and on the other end we have the "big" magazine like the Advocate, which was only to happy to stick a knife into Bryan Singer's back a few years ago with the whole how gay is Superman thing.

    Let's go over the last one in more detail. Singer had the chance of a lifetime to reinvent a major American icon. How many other openly gay directors have been handed the reins of a BIG family-oriented movie? Not many. How did the gay blogs and media react? Grotesquely! Stories flew that the lead actor got his job by sleeping with Singer, that the actor had a really big package whose bulge had to be digitally altered, that Superman was gay, etc.

    Seriously, the most juvenile shit was thrown by the "gay media" because the director was gay. The results? Negative publicity for the movie. Low box office numbers. And, damage to Singer's career.

    Instead of celebrating Singer's success in being handed a $200 million dollar film, the gay press did it's best to hurt Singer.

    That brings us back to this young police officer. Why the need to publish material that people knew would hurt him? The first people to publish the story were from a gay porn blog where the authors shield their own names. Nice of those guys to show Verdugo the same privacy they want.

    Verdugo was openly gay and had been an advocate for gay police officers. He was a good guy, not some parasitic Republican who seeks to destroy other gay men. But, hey, who cares?

    This kind of action is one of the things that I HATE about the so-called "gay community." Many gay men are happy to consume porn but then take the hypocritical stance that performers should live in shame for their pasts. Aren't many of these performers just kids who are desperate for money?

    Yeah the "gay community" is just a microcosm of society, but it would be nice if people actually try to do better. Why not try to protect each other?

    The reality is that this decorated police officer's career is dead. That's a shame.


    Posted by: noah | Jul 18, 2008 10:34:26 AM


  10. Rad,

    sure nothing in a pc or RDBMS some where is ever secret or personal. Much less when these companies get served with law suits like the one served on YouTube by Viacom. But there are ways to surf (close to) anonymously such as TOR with privoxy or even proxy sites.

    Or one could always stand up for oneself and ones web record.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jul 18, 2008 10:39:38 AM


  11. Andy,

    Just thought you'd like to know that the (NSFW) website you linked to in this post is being blocked by Firefox 3 as a possible malicious website. Dunno exactly what that means but thought you should know.

    Posted by: Ed Scott | Jul 18, 2008 11:55:27 AM


  12. Well, there are two aspects to morals clauses for these types of positions. The first is where you have to admit all your past sins lest they come to light (Have you ever committed a crime? Have you ever committed adultery? etc.), the second is where you need to behave so as to not besmirch the reputation of the department and, in this case, city government. The latter covers things like acting in porn movies, getting arrested for public drunkenness, etc. However, it generally covers current behavior, not past behavior, so my thinking is that he got caught by the former language. There is often a catch-all "Have you ever done anything that might harm the reputation of yourself or the department...?" question where, Scientology-like, you have to reveal all the most embarrassing details about yourself. I'm sure most people say "No".

    To obtain surfing records from Google, you need a court order. They only keep some records for 90 days as well.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 18, 2008 12:07:30 PM


  13. Honestly, I think Mike Verdugo is done with the Hollywood Police Department. He went on this show to showcase his design talents and has listed Designer as his occupation on his MySpace page. I think he's going to use this as a way to drum-up gay business for his design company. And I say, Bravo for him!!

    Fuck the HPD if they don't want a dedicated officer like Verdugo!! He did gay porn in the past, big friggin' deal! At least he's not taking kickbacks from drug dealers or anything like that. I hope he sues the city of Hollywood, FL, gets a nice big settlement, and that his design company becomes a huge success.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jul 18, 2008 12:33:18 PM


  14. Dear "Gay Press" and Gay Blogging Community:

    I hope you're happy now.

    Regards!

    Posted by: PatrickPatrick | Jul 18, 2008 12:55:16 PM


  15. On September 22, 1975 former marine Oliver Sipple saved the life of President Gerald Ford, for which he was highly praised by law enforcement and the media but only a personal letter from the President instead of a visit to the White House. Sipple, who was closeted in his hometown of Detroit had met Milk back in New York and had participated in San Francisco's gay pride parades and gay rights demonstrations. The incident came just three weeks after Lynette Fromme's assassination attempt on Ford so reporters hounded Sipple who at first didn't want his name used, nor his location known. Sipple had worked on Milk's campaign and the two were friends, Sipple would also be later described as a "prominent figure" in the gay community who had worked in a gay bar and was active in the Imperial Court System. Milk, however, reportedly outed Sipple as a "gay hero" to San Francisco Chronicle's columnist Herb Caen in hopes to "break the stereotype of homosexuals" of being "timid, weak and unheroic figures". Gay liberation groups petitioned local media to give Sipple his due as a gay hero. Caen published the private side of the former Marine's story, as did a handful of other publications. Sipple then insisted to reporters that his sexuality was to be kept confidential. Later, when Sipple hid in a friend's apartment to avoid them, the reporters turned to Milk, arguably the most visible voice for the gay community. The reporters had already labeled Sipple the "gay ex-Marine" and his conservative Baptist mother disparaged and disowned him when she found out about his sexuality. Milk's precise role in the outing remain somewhat cloudy as Sipple's active participation in the gay community suggests that his sexuality would have been revealed and reported even if doing so was seen as unethical.

    Posted by: Charles | Jul 18, 2008 1:54:08 PM


  16. To be sure, if he'd been in a heterosexual porn movie there would be no problem. You know, it's only unethical if it's gay sex.

    Just WTF is up with Florida? Is it fighting for the title of "Most Bigoted State"?

    Posted by: Jonathon | Jul 18, 2008 4:24:37 PM


  17. I cannot for the life of me understand clauses in contracts that concern a persons off duty life. And yeah, this wouldn't even be an issue if it was straight porn. Unless, of course, we were talking about a woman officer, then all hell would break loose! I wonder if anybody has any knowledge of a straight cop doing porn? What was the response if it was made public? I saw the clip and it was leather lite, tres boring. I do hope he rides this scandal/bigot/double standard train all the way to the bank.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 19, 2008 12:22:18 AM


  18. I cannot for the life of me understand clauses in contracts that concern a persons off duty life. And yeah, this wouldn't even be an issue if it was straight porn. Unless, of course, we were talking about a woman officer, then all hell would break loose! I wonder if anybody has any knowledge of a straight cop doing porn? What was the response if it was made public? I saw the clip and it was leather lite, tres boring. I do hope he rides this scandal/bigot/double standard train all the way to the bank.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 19, 2008 12:22:32 AM


  19. I cannot for the life of me understand clauses in contracts that concern a persons off duty life. And yeah, this wouldn't even be an issue if it was straight porn. Unless, of course, we were talking about a woman officer, then all hell would break loose! I wonder if anybody has any knowledge of a straight cop doing porn? What was the response if it was made public? I saw the clip and it was leather lite, tres boring. I do hope he rides this scandal/bigot/double standard train all the way to the bank.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 19, 2008 12:22:41 AM


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