A Marine colonel from the Joint Staff was busted in a massive prostitution sting in Florida, officials confirmed.

Col. Kevin Scott was on temporary duty to U.S. Central Command when he was picked up on Oct. 14 for allegedly soliciting a prostitute, The Tampa Bay Times first reported.

Scott works in the joint force directorate of the Joint Staff in Suffolk, Virginia, said Gina Levy, a spokeswoman for Marine Forces Command. He has served in the Marine Corps since November 1984, and his military occupational specialty is 0840: colonel logistician.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters on Tuesday that Scott drove a leased car, paid by the government, to the site where he allegedly offered a prostitute $80 for sex, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

“He said he was retired and he was no longer in the Marine Corps. That’s not true,” the newspaper quoted Judd as saying. “We had to call the government and say: ‘Hey would you like to come get your leased car, ’cause your colonel is on the way to the county jail.’ ”

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