SAPD officer handed indefinite suspension over relationship with prostitute

Mark Walaski suspended without pay in July, appealing through arbitration

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer's relationship with a woman accused of being a prostitute has cost him his job.

According to suspension paperwork obtained by the Defenders, SAPD officer Mark Walaski was slapped with an indefinite suspension on July 13.

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Walaski is accused of violating department policy for his alleged relationship with Tracy Helmke, who's described in the paperwork as a "drug abuser" with a history of prostitution arrests and convictions.
The department alleges Helmke had an active warrant for prostitution in July 2016 when Walaski began dating her and allowed her to live with him.

Court records show Helmke was convicted this year on two separate prostitution charges.

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In October 2016, Walaski allegedly paid $530 to a bond company to bail Helmke out of jail on warrants for two separate prostitution charges.

On January 30, Helmke reportedly made a 911 call to police reporting a disturbance between her and Walaski. When officers arrived Helmke couldn't be found and Walaski identified himself as an SAPD officer. According to the suspension paperwork, Walaski violated department policy because he didn't report the disturbance to any supervisor.


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