64 people have been arrested in a police undercover prostitution sting in Memphis, TN. Those arrested included MLGW (Memphis Light Gas and Water) employees, a Director of Public Housing and more.
Memphis Police used their handy bait and announced that they arrested 64 people on prostitution charges during an undercover operation which spanned over three days at two locations along Lamar Avenue in Memphis, TN. Those arrested included Devon Hamilton and Edward Rogers who worked for Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW), Edward Small who worked as an off-duty firefighter, Director of Public Housing Derwin Jackson for Franklin, TN and others.
One man named Randall Stovall who was also arrested is stated to have been driving around with his 7 year-old daughter in the car while he picked up a prostitute, police stated.
During the news conference, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin says he hopes the arrests show people that police will not tolerate prostitution.
"I will tell you, for all the johns out there who are patronizing prostitution, let this be notice. Not only do you face jail time, but you also face the fact of losing your vehicle and I will tell you and I'll put you on notice now, we are not finished, we are not done and there's more to come," Godwin said.
Eyewitness News Everywhere received a statement from MLGW President & CEO Jerry Collins, regarding the arrests of two MLGW workers, on Tuesday, April 22.
"We at MLGW are disappointed in this alleged incident involving two employees identified in a Memphis Police Department report. We take very seriously any actions that adversely affect the reputations of MLGW, its employees and our service to the community. Our customers hold us to a high standard of conduct, and the vast majority of our 2,700 MLGW employees exceed that standard. There are consequences on the rare occasion when employee conduct falls short. As the legal process runs its course, MLGW is conducting its own internal investigation into the matter."
Fifty-five of the arrests are stated to have been made within a mile and a half of schools and 42 vehicles were seized according to investigators. They are facing class A misdemeanor charges of patronizing prostitution. Four others were charged with promoting prostitution, a felony, while two were charged with felony drug charges.