Deputies arrest nearly 50 in Central Texas prostitution sting
McLennan County sheriff’s deputies, after a month-long sting operation, announced Tuesday they have arrested 46 suspects in an investigation of prostitution and human trafficking and have warrants for four more.
Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the sting, operated by detectives Brad Bond and Joseph Scaramucci, resulted in arrests of prostitutes, pimps and Johns that were involved in the sex trade and in human trafficking for prostitution.
Some of those arrested specifically were looking for sexual encounters with minors or children, McNamara said.
McNamara said during the investigation detectives were able to identify a prostitution and trafficking ring that was operating out of the Killeen area.
McNamara has not yet provided a list of names of those arrested but he did say that one of the suspects in a high school coach in the Ranger Independent School District and a professional baseball umpire with the Round Rock minor league baseball team.
The sting resulted in filing of 48 misdemeanor charges and 31 felony charges and netted about $3,000 in cash.
Over the past 15 months deputies have arrested 138 suspects in related sexually oriented business stings resulting in106 felony charges and 96 misdemeanor charges, McNamara said.
The sheriff’s office partnered with the Unbound organization in the investigation.
McNamara said Unbound has provided assistance and services for about 10 women who were caught up in the sting.
“We will continue to carry out stings targeting these,” McNamara said.
“I have given the detectives the authority to carry out any necessary activity at any time to help combat this behavior, as we will not tolerate it in McLennan County.”