A 35-year-old Waco street crimes officer was arrested by McLennan County Sheriff’s Office deputies Monday on a misdemeanor prostitution charge.

Willy Rafael Lopez, a five-year veteran of the Waco Police Department, was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor charge of prostitution, according to jail records. Sheriff’s Office officials brought the officer to the McLennan County Jail on Monday afternoon, but no additional details to the incident were available.

“Earlier this afternoon there was an incident involving an off-duty Waco police officer,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday. “It is our understanding that the officer was arrested by an outside agency. We are aware of the incident. It is not our case so we cannot comment on the specifics. By policy, the city of Waco does not comment on personnel matters. The criminal justice system is in action and will take its course.”

Lopez, who joined the Street Crimes Unit about a year ago, reportedly worked on undercover prostitution operations for the city within the last year. In September, street crimes officers arrested two women and 15 men during an undercover prostitution sting.

Lopez was released from McLennan County Jail by Monday night after posting a $1,000 bond. Swanton did not return a message Tuesday seeking comment on Lopez’s status with the department.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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