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DENVER – An off-duty Denver police officer is on leave after he was discovered with an alleged prostitute during a sting in Lakewood.

The Lakewood Police Special Enforcement Team watched a 49-year-old woman, who was known to engage in prostitution, enter a vehicle on West Colfax Avenue and Ingalls Street April 10.

Officers saw that the vehicle was stopped and the occupants were contacted.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as a Denver Police Officer Michael Ryan. He was not on duty at the time.

The two parties were released from the scene. The case remains under investigation.

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