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.