published Monday, July 18th, 2011

Chattanooga: Eleven arrested in internet-based prostitution sting

Eleven people are facing prostitution charges after the Chattanooga Police Department conducted a two-day undercover escort sting last week, officials say.

Investigators targeted Internet-based prostitution during the operation, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

Suspects answered advertisments on the Internet for escort services by responding to a hotel and agreeing to exchange money for sexual favors.

Weary said investigators were not revealing what hotel or hotels the prostitution ring was working out due to the sensitivity of the undercover operation and the possibility of additional arrests.

The defendants were charged with either prostitution, patronizing prostitution — both misdemeanors, or promoting prostitution, which is a felony. Weary said those charged will be required to turn themselves over to the Hamilton County Jail within a 30-day span.

In addition to the arrests, police seized $1,860 in cash.

Listed below are those cited and their related charges.

Promoting prostitution within 1.5 miles of a school

• Sonya Smith, 38

Prostitution within 1.5 miles of a school

• Ashley Negron, 19

• Nicholas Moto, 35

Patronizing prostitution within 1.5 miles of a school

• Joe Stewart, 45

• John Thompson, 46

• Brian Sabo, 33

• Scotty Bowman, 36

• Jason Schwab, 48

• Vincent Raya, 45

• Malcolm Henley, 48

• Mike Sharp, age not given

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Maplewood said...


What are some of those levels?

July 18, 2011 at 5:56 p.m.
harrystatel said...

Interesting. Prostitutes on internet get busted. Those in City government get paid with benefits.

July 18, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

Interesting. Prostitutes on internet get busted. Those in City government get paid with benefits

Now, that's really funny, harryS.

July 18, 2011 at 7:25 p.m.
esaletnik said...

Please don't show the pictures of the prostitutes, I have a weak stomach.

July 18, 2011 at 9:06 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

Youd probably have an even weaker stomach if you knew just a fraction of what most prostitutes endured throughout their lives to bring them where they are today. Your comments esaletnik do something to my stomach as well. Best way that I can describe is those butterflies you get just before you leap to your feet and give that bully a taste of his own medicine. RIGHT IN THE MOUTH !!!!!!!

July 18, 2011 at 9:26 p.m.
fairmon said...

Look at all the cost involved in combating prostitution which has been going on since recorded time. Prostitution should be legalized, regulated and taxed which would reduce disease transmittal, increase tax revenue and eliminate the cost of litigation and incarceration. It would allow the morals police to be trained and assigned to preventing more serious crimes harming citizens.

July 19, 2011 at 4:40 a.m.
fairmon said...

How much effort goes into understanding why those women made the decision to prostitute themselves and address those issues? Screw the customers (pun intended) they deserve whatever punishment, embarrasment and other losses they experience.

July 19, 2011 at 4:45 a.m.
gmomma said...

Sad, protitution will not be legalized because everyone would work under the table (unintended pun) and the city could not profit. The 'people' got what they wanted by getting the prostitutes off the streets and now they want them off the internet!! Gimmi a break, a two day sting operation? How much did that cost the tax payers? What a waste of money, time and resources that could be spent on 'real' crime!!!

July 19, 2011 at 5:42 a.m.
smadave said...

now that we got the prostitutes and the mushroom eating offenders taken care of do you think we can focus your resources on the shootings?

July 19, 2011 at 7 a.m.
brokentoe said...

Ever wonder how many of the stingers would have gotten caught patronizing if they hadn't already been made privy to the sting?

I've always wondered that anytime there's one of these sting operations going on?

Lib4, sometimes you really say things that make a lot of sense. Other times, well_you're off the deep. This is one of your more sensible moments. ^5

July 19, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

How about an Internet-based prostitution sting on some politicians cashing in on a $328,000 website?

July 19, 2011 at 4:17 p.m.
wombat1234 said...

Wow, this is something. I believe John Thompson, who was arrested in this sting, runs one of the largest marketing agencies in town - KMT Creative.

July 21, 2011 at 11:33 p.m.
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