A Mesa police officer who helped a prostitute maintain an escort service Web site has resigned.
Police were tipped off to officer Jeffrey Beaulieu’s activities after a co-worker started receiving numerous phone calls from people saying they got her phone number from a call service Web site, said police spokesman Sgt. Chuck Trapani.
Through an investigation, authorities learned Beaulieu accidently listed his fellow officer’s phone number instead of that of the prostitute, Trapani said. The two women have similar names and were both listed in his personal cell phone.
On Jan. 9, the department placed Beaulieu, an 11-year veteran, on administrative suspension and started an internal affairs investigation into conduct unbecoming a member of the department, according to a police document obtained by the Tribune on Thursday.
Trapani said Beaulieu violated policy by having a relationship with a “known prostitute.” Trapani said it is not known if the relationship was romantic and said Beaulieu committed no crime.
When questioned Jan. 10, Beaulieu admitted to maintaining the Web site, Trapani said. Beaulieu submitted his resignation the next day, stating in a two-sentence letter that he “respectfully” would be leaving the department.
Police Chief George Gascón said it is the role of an officer to maintain excellence.
“Police officers’ conduct both on and off duty has to be exemplary,” Gascón said. “And that is the reason we initiated the investigation.”
None of the Web site work occurred while Beaulieu was on duty.
The unnamed female officer started getting the calls to her personal cell phone at the end of December or beginning of January, Trapani said. On the first day, she received 25 calls.
When police launched the investigation, they found that the Web site was for an escort service for a prostitute in Mesa, Trapani said. Police talked to the woman, and she told them Beaulieu was maintaining her Web page.
“We’re a professional police agency,” Trapani said. “When we discover our officers are committing an inappropriate act, we act accordingly.”
The department’s internal affairs investigation is complete, but command staff is still reviewing the report. The document will eventually be forwarded to the Arizona Peace Officer and Standards Training board, which sets guidelines for law enforcement officers across the state.
Beaulieu worked in the Central Substation as a patrol officer and also served as a field training officer. His personnel file wasn’t available Thursday.
In May 2001, he received a meritorious conduct award for lifesaving, according to the city’s Web site.
Beaulieu couldn’t be reached for comment.