Thursday, April 26, 2007
San Mateo Sheriff Massages the Truth
San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks got caught in the police raid of an illegal bordello in Las Vegas over the weekend. He admits he was there, but says it was only for a back rub. He also claims he thought the place was operating legally. Munks and San Mateo Under Sheriff Carlos Bolanos were detained and questioned Saturday night by Las Vegas police in Operation Dollhouse, a raid on more than a handful of sex houses located about two miles west of the Las Vegas strip, according to Las Vegas Police Department Officer Bill Cassell. The two men were not arrested or charged in the raid, Cassell said. In fact, not one of the brothel’s alleged customers was detained or charged. The target of the raid was hookers and johns, and they caught a total of 31 of them. The FBI, who directed the operation, also announced the seizure of $35,000 in cash and approximately 3,500 Ecstasy tablets. Munks, who was sworn in as San Mateo’s sheriff last January after an uncontested election in November and was widely supported by local politicians, makes $188,500 a year. After the incident, Munks said that he and Bolanos did not break any laws and cooperated with Las Vegas police. Munks was in town participating in a law enforcement relay run from Baker to Las Vegas over the weekend and was looking for a massage because he was sore from running, Bolanos told a CBS reporter in Las Vegas after the bust. The raid took place at eight houses and apartments, Cassell said. None of the places advertised massages, he said. Munks is married and has four children. Just like Ricky Ricardo told his wife Lucy in the show, “I Love Lucy,” it looks like Munks “has some ‘splaining to do.” I can hear him now: “But, honey it was just a back rub!” Yeah, right. If this man was, for instance, an insurance salesman or a plumber in from out of town, I might be able to somehow believe that he didn’t know he was entering an illegal house of prostitution, and was actually under the impression that he was going there for a legitimate massage. But a sheriff? Come on! Even Barney Fife would have known that he was entering a whore house. These officers were letting loose, hitting a little strange while out on the town, letting go while the wifey and kids were back home and would never found out. To say he thought he was just looking for a back rub is so preposterous it’s laughable. Munks got caught with all whole lot more than his hand in the cookie jar and now he’s trying to slither his way out of what must be a very embarrassing situation. Having a wild time with the boys is not a sin and back in my single days I have to admit that I did things a whole lot worse. I’m not proud of it, but it happened. But please, Sheriff Munks -- don’t try to con us, sir, because it makes you look sillier than Quick Draw McGraw!