Prostitution sting in Bryan nets 5 arrests
By HOLLY HUFFMAN
Eagle Staff Writer
Three women and two men charged with soliciting prostitution from Bryan officers remained jailed Monday after being arrested three days earlier during an undercover operation, police said.
The Friday night sting was prompted by complaints from residents about an ongoing prostitution problem in parts of Bryan, officials said.
Bryan police Sgt. Jeff Peters said the arrests came Friday night after each person flagged down and solicited undercover male officers driving around in areas known to have problems with prostitution.
Prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor, a crime that carries a punishment of up to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. If the person arrested has been convicted previously of prostitution, the charge becomes a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
The arrests occurred over a six-hour period Friday near the intersections of West Martin Luther King and Hall streets, Echols and Hardy streets and Hillcrest Grocery on South College Avenue, police said.
Michelle Jones, 45; Martha Perry, 40; James Sweeps, 45; and Samuel Gibson, 36, each were arrested Friday and charged with prostitution. Jones and Sweeps also were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Denise Smith, 43, was charged with prostitution enhanced due to previous convictions, according to Bryan police.
All were being held Monday in the Brazos County Jail on a $2,000 bond except for Smith, who was being held on a $4,000 bond.
It has been just over a year since Operation Lover Boy, a joint Bryan Police-Brazos Valley Narcotics Task Force undercover operation that netted three prostitution arrests. A month later in November 2003, nine men were arrested and charged with prostitution following another complaint-driven prostitution sting staged at the Holiday Plaza Motel in Bryan.
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