Tampa, FL (WTSP) -- Sex in broad daylight in a public park is what cost a Tampa undercover cop his job. Chief Jane Castor says the department got a tip from a citizen that Corporal Scott Guffey was involved in inappropriate activity while on duty.
After receiving the tip, Internal Affairs launched an investigation into the 24-year veteran. In the middle of the afternoon, I.A. officers followed Guffey, 46, to Al Lopez Park just north of Raymond James Stadium. Chief Jane Castor says Guffey was not supposed to be there, and that his area of responsibility was in a different district.
According to Internal Affairs, before Guffey arrived to the park, he took off his tactical vest and gun, so he would look more like an ordinary citizen. Then once inside the park, Guffey took a sunshade, put it in the windshield and then climbed into the back seat to have sex with a 24-year-old woman. At the time, he was supposed to be supervising undercover officers.
Castor says this had nothing to do with the Tampa Police Department and the woman who was having consensual sex with Guffey was not involved with the department or in any of his cases.
While Guffey clearly did something wrong, Tammy Dorotzak says if it wasn't for him, she doesn't know if she would have her daughter or grandchildren.
Dorotzak says Guffey was the officer who found her 1-year-old daughter Ashley in 1989 when she was kidnapped by Dorotzak's ex-husband. Although Dorotzak wants people to know what Guffey did for her family, she also admits if he hadn't retired as a police officer, she thinks he should have been fired.
She says he made a very bad mistake, but it doesn't erase all the good he has done.
When Guffey -- who is married and is a father -- was caught by Internal Affairs, he didn't deny any of the activity took place.
Chief Castor says what he did is against policy, is unbecoming an officer and is not indicative of the men and women of the Tampa Police Department.
Castor says Guffey was surprised when he was caught and retired instead of being fired.
Guffey -- who made $80,433 a year -- is still eligible to collect his pension, which amounts to more than $60,000 a year for the rest of his life.