Metro cop ‘tight with the sheriff’ arrested for allegedly soliciting child prostitution

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Kirk Hooten (Las Vegas Police Protective Association photo)
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Kirk Hooten (Las Vegas Police Protective Association photo)

Kirk Hooten, a detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police as of 2018, faces a Justice Court hearing Monday on one felony charge of soliciting a child for prostitution.  Court records indicate Hooten has been released from custody on bail. 

When Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson wanted to inform Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo of what she believed to be efforts by pimps to recruit daughters of police and judges into prostitution, she reached out to Hooten, described by Tobiasson later as “a friend of Joe Lombardo” and “tight with the sheriff.” 

“I am being asked about my friendship with former LVMPD officer Kirk Hooten,” Lombardo said in a statement. “Yes, among the many friends I have on the department, Kirk is one of them. I’ve known him for many years and I find his arrest distressing.”

“This case came about as a result of proactive police work by LVMPD detectives who became aware of social media post on November 15th reference a recent incident involving a teenage girl in the valley,” Lombardo said. “That same day detectives followed up by locating the teen and her family and investigated their allegations further. As a result of that investigation, Hooten was subsequently identified and the case against him was submitted to the district attorney.”

The criminal complaint, filed November 21, says Hooten solicited sex from a person under the age of 18 on November 15 near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bonanza.

Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum issued a warrant for Hooten’s arrest Thursday, according to Las Vegas Justice Court records.

A courthouse source says Hooten is represented by attorney David Chesnoff.

Hooten served as a director as recently as 2018 on the Las Vegas Police Protective Association executive board. Board members are paid their Metro police salary for attending to union business rather than police work. 

LVPPA president Steve Grammas did not immediately return calls asking for comment on Hooten’s arrest.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.