FARRELL, Pa. (WKBN) – A former Farrell police officer is facing criminal charges after investigators said he had sex with a prostitute while on duty, in full uniform.
Tyler Valimont, 34, faces five misdemeanor charges – official oppression, two counts of tampering with or fabricating evidence, obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, and prostitution and related offenses.
According to a criminal complaint, Valimont was working the overnight shift on November 7 when he contacted a woman who had an advertisement online for sexual services. He arranged to meet the woman behind a closed dentist office, police said.
Valimont drove his patrol car to meet the woman, according to investigators.
Police said the encounter was cut short when his superior drove by the area on routine patrol.
The woman told police that Valimont threatened to arrest her if she didn’t respond to his calls and text messages. She claimed he sent her sexually explicit text messages while he was on duty.
Police said the text messages to the woman were personal and sexual in nature and “served no legitimate law enforcement purpose.”
The woman told police she only responded because she was afraid of being arrested. She said Valimont also told her to delete their messages and to not cooperate with investigators.
The woman said during their encounter on November 7, she recognized Valimont as a past customer who paid her $80 for sex. She said that happened in September.
Valimont’s supervisors directed him to file a police report about the incident. They said the report he submitted contained false information.
Farrell’s police chief said Valimont was a part-time regional officer when the department was part of Southwest Regional. He used to be the police chief in Stoneboro but was transferred over to Farrell last January.
Police said phone records show that Valimont contacted the woman in September.
Valimont was suspended during the investigation but terminated on December 15. Farrell’s police chief said when he learned about the allegations, he suspended Valimont and turned the case over to Pennsylvania State Police.
WKBN 27 First News was able to contact Valimont by phone Thursday afternoon, who said he had “no comment” on the investigation and charges against him.
The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General will be prosecuting the case.