Thirty arrested in prostitution sting; one had knife, rope, body bag
Bell County sheriff’s deputies assisted by officers from Bryan and Temple arrested 30 men in a two-day John suppression initiative aimed at arresting individuals seeking sex for money.
One of the 30, a Fort Hood soldier identified as Tyler Willison, had a knife, six strands of rope, duct tape and a body bag in his vehicle, authorities said Thursday.
They said he didn’t say what he was going to do with the items.
“The operation was conducted in two different areas in Bell County two different locations in the city of Temple,” the Bell County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release Thursday.
“The operation involved authorities placing ads on social media sites known to attract people interested in buying sex.”
The stings were conducted on Feb. 1 and on Tuesday.
Among those arrested were businessmen, four Fort Hood soldiers, two men who are currently on probation for unrelated offenses and three who were transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
"As sheriff, my goal is to focus our efforts on sex buyers who are seeking to take advantage of sex trafficking victims; we are putting these predators on notice that our Bell County community will not tolerate their behavior," Sheriff Eddy Lange said Wednesday.
Marcus Brown, Temple
Christopher Colwell, Salado
Travis Hunt, Temple
Andrew Kuhn, Fort Hood
William McDonald, Belton
Jose Moreno, Killeen
Nathan Murray, Temple
Ralph Phelan, Fort Hood
Barron Ramsey, Temple
Dartagnan Seay, Temple
Kenneth Solack, Kempner
Richard Swanson, Fort Hood
Tyler Willison, Fort Hood
Toby Culp, Temple
James Gattison, Killeen
Frank Ceballos, Copperas Cove
Fernando Gomez, Temple
Joseph Holland, Chilton
Zeb Johnson, Temple
Brandon Lemus, Temple
Luis Lopez-Gomez, Harker Heights (immigration detainer)
Jose Luna-Gonzalez, Waco (immigration detainer)
Robert Martinez, Temple
Erasmo Maya, Belton (immigration detainer)
Brandon McMeen, Temple
Luis Rivas, Morgan’s Point Resort
Conrad Rogers, Temple
Ernest Soto, Temple
Austin Woodward, Briggs
Clinton Young, Belton