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Las Vegas fire captain held in child sex trafficking case

Updated Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 3:15 p.m.

Richard Loughry

Richard Loughry

A Las Vegas Fire & Rescue captain was arrested Monday by Metro Police on a count of soliciting or engaging in child prostitution, according to arrest logs and a city official.

Richard Odell Loughry, 46, was also being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center counts of statutory sexual seduction by a person older than 21 and lewdness with a child over the age of 14, jail logs show.

Loughry has been with the fire department since May 5, 1997, said David Riggleman, director of communications for the city of Las Vegas.

The city’ doesn’t comment on personnel issues, but the seriousness of the charges is “a great concern to the city,” Riggleman said.

Metro Police Officer Laura Meltzer said Loughry was arrested late Monday after members of a regional human trafficking task force served warrants in a child prostitution case. Details weren’t immediately made public.

An arrest report detailing the allegations was not immediately available this afternoon.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Loughry was on paid or unpaid leave, or if he has a lawyer. Typically in such cases, a person is suspended without pay, Riggleman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.