Chattanooga Police Cracking Down On Johns, Long-Time Prostitutes

Monday, November 15, 2010 - by Judy Frank

Lolita Dorcea Lawrence’s history of prostitution dates back at least to early 1997, when she pleaded guilty – just three years after an identical charge against her was dismissed.

The 43-year-old has been arrested and re-arrested repeatedly since then for prostitution and a variety of other charges ranging from possession of drug paraphernalia to disorderly conduct to aggravated assault.

And today, thanks to a recent spate of arrests of prostitutes and police stings in Chattanooga, Ms. Lawrence – along with numerous other defendants – faces yet another charge.

Many of the alleged violations, including Ms. Lawrence’s, occurred within 1.5 miles of a school, according to arrest reports filed by Chattanooga police officers.

Other such defendants include, but are not limited to:

* Jessica Renee Holliday, 24, of 7508 Austin Dr., who pleaded guilty to prostitution in 2007 and to numerous other charges over the past five years.

* Josh J. Lattimer, 26, of Harrison, who police reported “responded to an escort ad on Backpage.com for sex and agreed to pay $100 in exchange for sex with an undercover police officer.”

* Darshan Patel, 34, of Shallowford Village Drive, who “on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 . . . responded to an escort ad place on Backstage.com for sex and agreed to pay $100 in exchange for sex” with an officer participating in a police sting.



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