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Mike Verdugo, ex-Hollywood cop in 1990s gay porn film, can keep police certification

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

designstarmikeygayporn_thumb[1] Mike Verdugo, the fired Hollywood cop who once appeared in a gay porn film, can keep his police certification, a 19-member state panel ruled Thursday morning.

``We won,'' Verdugo, 36, told The Miami Herald just after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement hearing in Tampa. ``They voted unanimously. We're done. My certification stands. I'm happy. Shocked -- in a good way.''

Hollywood Police Lt. Scott Pardon, a department spokesman, declined to comment on the FDLE ruling, which places Verdugo on a one-year probationary period and requires him to take a state-approved ethics-training course.

The Hollywood Police Department fired Verdugo late last year for not disclosing previous employment -- the porn film -- on his job application, his lawyers said.

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