Several individuals have been arrested in a prostitution sting in McLennan County.
According to officials, 47 men have been arrested.
Sheriff Parnell McNamara with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office said this sting is part of a "Johns Suppression Initiative". It's a national effort that lasts about four weeks. At the end of that time frame, arrest totals are added up for each participating agency.
Sheriff McNamara said McLennan County placed sixth in the nation with this sting, beating out larger cities like Boston, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh.
"It's discouraging when you see these many low-lives out there doing this, but it's very rewarding when we see how many we're catching and hopefully getting them off the street," Sheriff McNamara said.
He added that these men come from all walks of life. Jarred James is a teacher at Rosebud-Lott Middle School and has been with the district since Aug. 2016. RLISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Brownlee told KXXV that James "Is not teaching any RLISD classes. We are aware of the matter and are following the applicable law and policies." Dr. Brownlee wouldn't confirm if James continued working after his arrest on Jan. 12.
Brandon Penn is a repeat offender who also arrested during a Waco Police Department prostitution sting. Willy Lopez, a Waco police officer, is on administrative leave pending investigation.
Sheriff Parnell McNamara said that one of the men arrested was an undocumented immigrant who had requested to have sex with a child. Cresencio Resendiz Galicia drove from San Antonio to do meet who he thought was an 11-year-old girl.
"Our goal is to have a sting where nobody shows up and nobody is on this board. Then we'll know that we've really done some good," Sheriff McNamara said. "But until then, as long as the fish keep biting, we're going to keep throwing them in jail. You can count on that."
MCSO is still looking for one man who got away. There are now two warrants out for Anthony Strong, one for prostitution and another for evading arrest. If you know anything about him, you're asked to call the police.
The arrested were:
The sheriff's "Johns Suppression Initiative" is twice a year.
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