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Cop ‘assigned to home,’ pending investigation

Citizen Staff Writer



A Tucson police lieutenant has been assigned to his home, pending an internal investigation.

“He is assigned to his home as a result of a pending internal investigation,” Assistant Chief Roberto VillaseƱor said.

Since Nov. 4, Lt. Wendell Hunt has been on leave with pay, said Sgt. Marco Borboa, a police spokesman.

Once the investigation is complete, police will release the details of why he is under investigation, he said.

Hunt may have a connection to Dr. Bradley Schwartz, who is accused of hiring a hit man to kill Dr. David Brian Stidham in October. Schwartz called Hunt on his cell phone while Pima County Sheriff’s Department investigators interviewed Hunt in November, according to sheriff’s reports.

In October 2003, Hunt was suspended for 30 days without pay for having sex with a woman in a marked police car while on duty, police said.

Hunt, who has worked for TPD since July 1987, also videotaped the woman while she was nude and he was on duty during a “civilian observer tour” or afterward, according to a TPD personnel report.

According to police:

The incident happened in early 2002 when Hunt was a sergeant in Operations Division South.

He met the woman in late April 2002 while on patrol and gave her his telephone number.

The relationship lasted two to three months, and Hunt ended it and stopped contacting the woman.

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