46 men were arrested that includes a high school teacher and a youth pastor over alleged solicitation of prostitution in Texas.
High School Teacher and Youth Pastor Were Arrested
Federal and local authorities announced that a high school teacher and a youth pastor were among the 46 men arrested in connection the to solicitation of prostitution in Texas. The arrest was made after a 2-day operation from Jan. 12 and 13 at the Hilton at Southlake Town Square and the Hyatt Regency near Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas.
According to a published report in FOX News, more than a dozen of law enforcement agencies participated to arrest alleged individuals. They also said that the scheme is arranging the meeting online and meeting their clients at the hotels to pay for sex.
Aside from the high school teacher and youth pastor, other individuals who were arrested included a volunteer firefighter, a semi-professional hockey player, and the director of operations for a large hospital network in Texas.
What Happened to the High School Teacher and the Youth Pastor?
In a published report from NBC News, Lewisville Independent School District (ISD) said that the high school teacher named Cecil Tim Morrison involved in the prostitution sting resigned after his arrest. Additionally, Amanda Brim, Lewisville ISD’s Chief Communications Officer, said also that Morrison was placed on administrative leave after they were made aware of his arrest.
Likewise, youth pastor Lamarcus Strickland was also arrested. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said, “The victims of these heinous crimes are treated like commodities, used to make as much money as possible, as quickly as possible. Those who traffic victims are the scourge of the earth, and we will continue to target those responsible for the trafficking and those who solicit sex from them.”
Furthermore, solicitation of prostitution is considered a felony in Texas and is punishable by two-year imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.