16 arrested in South Texas prostitution sting

By Joshua Fechter

Photo by Jaime Valdez
Tualatin police officer Nate Cooper (left) raises the arms of Krystle Haga, 21, as other officers with the Tualatin Police Department arrest three other women in a room at the Motel 6 in Tualatin March 15. Tualatin policeman posed themselves as "Johns" during the police sting focusing on online sex ads.

The McAllen sting operation comes months after Harlingen police arrested 32 men for allegedly soliciting prostitutes during a two-day sting operation. McAllen is 35 miles west from Harlingen.

South Texas police arrested 16 men and women during a three-day prostitution sting, police announced Friday.

The McAllen Police Department arrested three women and 11 men — whose ages range from 22 to 83 years old — from Wednesday to Friday, a department news release said.

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All 14 were charged with prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail if convicted.

Two men are awaiting charges, according to the news release.

Kentucky trucker sentenced to federal prison in Central Texas prostitution sting

A trucker from Kentucky — one of more than two dozen men arrested in March as part of a weeks-long online prostitution sting in Central Texas — has been sentenced to federal prison for planning to transport prostitutes from Texas to Kentucky.

Anthony Wayne Farrior, 28, was sentenced to 51 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in July to violating the federal Mann Act, which forbids interstate transport of people for the purpose of committing prostitution.

The trucker will also serve three years under supervision after his release and pay a $1,000 fine, according to online federal court records.

Farrior stopped at a truck stop in Waco in February after answering an Internet advertisement placed by an undercover officer with a cellphone, intending to have sex with women, The Associated Press reported.

Farrior then agreed to transport women to be prostituted and reap some of the profits.

The trucker was one of more than two dozen men, including a McLennan County deputy constable and a Fort Hood sergeant, arrested during a weeks-long online prostitution sting in March conducted by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies posed as young girls, prostitutes and pimps to drudge up those seeking underage sex and underage prostitutes to traffic, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

"We really didn't realize we were going to get this many people," McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said during a press conference at that time.

Deputies arrested 29 suspects from their early 20s to mid-50s, according to mugshot information provided by the sheriff's office. Many of the suspects are registered as sex offenders or were previously convicted on charges of prostitution, the Tribune-Herald reported.

Steve Canava, a 51-year-old deputy constable for McLennan County, was arrested Feb. 27 as part of the sting and charged with soliciting a prostitute under the age of 18, a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Deputies also arrested Fort Hood Sgt. Darren Bradley on Feb. 16 and charged him with conspiracy to commit human trafficking after a sheriff's detective agreed to provide him with a minor for sex, according to the Tribune-Herald.

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office arrested 20 people for online solicitation of a minor in a similar two-week sting beginning Oct. 14.

At that time, McNamara said the suspects — 18 males and two females, ages ranging from 19 to 63 — attempted to meet with two officers posing as young girls online at sites ranging from discount stores to homes to fast food restaurants.

"It's really just about every kind of weird sicko you can think of," McNamara told the San Antonio Express-News.

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