CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A prominent lobbyist and former aide to Gov. Gaston Caperton who was arrested during a prostitution sting over the summer allegedly asked if an undercover police officer was a cop before offering her $60 for sex, according to a police report filed after the incident.
Lobbyist Phil Reale, Caperton's former chief of staff, was arrested July 11 during a prostitution sting on Charleston's West Side. The arrest made headlines earlier this week after it was revealed Reale's name was intentionally left off of a press release listing people arrested during the sting.
Reale has publicly denied trying to solicit a prostitute. However, the police report issued by the Charleston Police Department following the arrest tells a different story.
According to the report, obtained by the Gazette, Reale drove his white Mercedes Benz onto Beatrice Street on the city's West Side on July 11 and drove up to an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute.
"Reale asked the undercover officer if she was a cop, and she stated, 'absolutely not,'" the police report says.
"Reale went on to say, he was worried about the undercover officer being the police," the police report continues. "Reale then told the undercover police officer he wanted to have sex with her for $60."
Reale was charged with soliciting for prostitution.
He could not be reached for comment on Thursday.