Area police arrest 14 in two prostitution operations
By Donna O'Neil, Managing Editor
Local police are maintaining that their actions to cite more than a dozen people in two prostitution operations are isolated incidents. Both Brentwood and Franklin police departments conducted separate operations within the past week, resulting in eight individuals being cited for patronizing prostitution and six others for a variety of misdemeanor charges for relating to offering sex for money. Both operations were conducted at hotels – one in Franklin, one in Brentwood. Neither police department revealed the names or locations of the hotels.
"These quality of life crimes don't escape our attention, and action is periodically taken to ensure that our hotels stay a safe and desirable place for those who visit our city,” said Lt. Charles Warner of the Franklin Police Department.
Working with a civilian informant, Franklin Police posted an ad on what FPD’s Public Affairs Office spokesperson Eric Johnson termed, “a popular website” – abackpage.com. As a result, he stated, eight individuals responded and made arrangements to meet at a Franklin hotel for the purpose of paying for a sex act. All were cited with misdemeanor offenses.
According to copies of affidavits obtained by the Herald, all eight individuals were cited for patronizing prostitution. They include one man from Spring Hill. Gregory Scott Lowe, 49, made arrangements to pay $100 for a sex act. Michael Shawn Werner, 50, of Pleasant View, Tenn., made arrangements to pay $80 for a sex act. The following Nashville residents were issued citations, including Barry Lee Fowler, 64; Alpesh M. Patel, 40; Earl Duncan Bell, 58; Nalla Raju Gupta, 28; Alejandro Vicencio Ramirez, 30; and Charles Willard Watson, 50, all offered amounts ranging from $70 to $100 for sex acts in response to the online ad.
District Attorney Kim Helper said each of the above citations carries a fine of not more than $500 and a jail stay of up to six months.
Last Thursday, Sept. 13, Brentwood Police Department conducted an undercover operation at a local hotel to target prostitution.
As a result of their action, six people were charged with related misdemeanor offenses. They include four from Nashville: Kristie Kelley, 37, prostitution; Amy D. White, 20, massage without a license; Mary B. Taylor, 32, prostitution; and Alyson J. Johnson, 27, prostitution. Additionally, Rainbow Climer, 25 of Charlotte, NC was charged with massage without a licenses and Keasha McKinnon, 24 of LaVergne, was charged with prostitution. Climber and Johnson are due in court today. All others have Nov. 22 court dates.
Posted on: 9/19/2012