Q clearance questions answered about prostitution conviction

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By Carol A. Clark

An Internet sex sting initially cost a Los Alamos National Laboratory man his Q clearance.


Presley Salaz, 51, a photographer working in LANL’s Imaging Services Division was convicted of prostitution in November.


Details of Salaz’ arrest were obtained from police records received through the El Paso County Court.


His clearance was suspended for a time following the arrest but has since been reinstated.


“Matters of this type are handled case by case,” said Laboratory spokesman Kevin Roark this morning.


“Criminal activity, even allegations of criminal activity, don’t automatically or immediately result in revocation of a clearance or termination of employment but both outcomes are possible. In general, when an employee who holds a clearance is charged with a crime, that clearance can be suspended until the facts of the case are reviewed.”


Charged with a misdemeanor B, Salaz plead innocent but he was found guilty and the judge sentenced him to a diversion program and six months probation.


El Paso District Attorney spokesperson Renee Railey explained the pre-trial diversion program goes through the adult probation office and is designed for first time offenders.


“If they successfully complete the program, and at the discretion of the judge, they can avoid a conviction on their record,” she said.

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