Chattanooga Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Officers arrested 11 men and women during a prostitution sting on Wednesday and Thursday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, and the East Ridge Police Department provided assistance in the undercover operation.
The operation focused on online solicitation of prostitution which led officers to both suspected prostitutes and johns at a hotel in East Brainerd.
The 11 suspects, ranging from 20 to 43 years old, are charged with prostitution, patronizing prostitution and drug-related charges. All but two suspects were issued criminal citations. Victim services was offered to the women charged with prostitution.
"Prostitution continues to thrive because of the Internet and websites that allow solicitation posts and advertisements," said CPD Organized Crime Lieutenant Jason Lewis. "The Chattanooga Police Department and our law enforcement partners are committed to arresting those who engage in this type of activity not only because it's illegal, but also because prostitution is often associated with other crimes including drug use and sale, violent crime, and human trafficking."
Jenny Pullem (female, 34)
Morgan Polce (female, 27)
Armani Hernandez (female, 20)
Jasmine Coleman (female, 20) - also possession of marijuana
Patronizing Prostitution Arrests:
Devon King (male, 39)
Demetrus Thrasher (male, 29)
Brian Holland (male, 43)
Robert Jones (male, 37)
Curtis Popplewell (male, 26)
Robert Moates III (male, 43)
Melanie Clinton (female, 35) - Possession of Meth for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia