The Tucson police department is publicizing hundreds of names and phone numbers that appeared in some cellphones confiscated from several massage parlors around the city. Of course, there could be any number of reasons someone’s number might appear in the phone of a woman working for a massage business that has been accused of prostitution. She might have her handyman or dentist in her phone. Perhaps her friends are in there. Wrong numbers, too. There may even be a city councilman in there, for completely innocuous reasons.
So far, no one whose information was found in the phones has been charged with a crime. That’s why at least some local media are refusing to publish the names.
Bizarrely, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor confirmed as much when he told the Arizona Daily Star, “The inclusion of information in this list is in no way indicative of involvement in criminal activity.”
The names of any officers found to be involved won’t be released until after the investigation and the appeal process are completed, said Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor.
So, before releasing the names of hundreds of people who appeared in the phones, the city police checked the names against the city’s roster of police officers. They then redacted those names, and released all the others. The police officers’ information won’t be released until they’ve had a chance to clear their names through an internal investigation. As for everyone else, well, good luck explaining to your spouse, your kids, your boss and anyone else who might want to know why your name or number appeared in an accused prostitute’s cellphone.
Membership has its privileges.