A Melbourne police officer was arrested Wednesday night after he offered a prostitute $40 for sex while he was on-duty, the agency announced Thursday.

Officer Shawn C. Archbold was immediately suspended without pay from the agency at the time of his arrest.

The Melbourne Police Department became aware of an allegation that Archbold was engaging in this activity four months ago.

Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs immediately launched an investigation using undercover officers to determine if the allegations were true. Last night, the allegations were confirmed, and Archbold was immediately arrested by Melbourne police officers.

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