December 20, 2014
A Reno police sergeant who was accused of misconduct in connection with the traffic stop of a 17-year-old woman a year ago has left the force.
City spokesman Chris Good won't discuss details. He isn't saying whether Paul Pitsnogle resigned, retired or was dismissed.
But Pitsnogle's attorney, David Houston, says his client was fired and the dismissal will be appealed.
A Washoe District Court jury acquitted Pitsnogle in October of a felony officer misconduct charge and one count of open or gross lewdness, a gross misdemeanor.
The charges stemmed from an April traffic stop of the 17-year-old girl and a friend in which Pitsnogle began a drunken driving investigation. The young woman testified that she asked if it was possible to avoid arrest, and their encounter ended with her undressing in the back seat of his car.
Pitsnogle testified that she failed several tests for drunken driving then undressed.