The Bell County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning that deputies arrested thirty men during a prostitution sting.
Those arrests were made during a two day period on February 1st and February 6th. The men thought they were meeting a prostitute at a hotel in Temple for sex.
Four of the men arrested are active duty military, serving at Fort Hood. One of the soldiers is accused of bringing rope, duct tape, and a body bag to his meeting with what he thought was a prostitute.
“What were his intentions? I don’t know, but I think we probably prevented another serious crime from occurring inside the city limits of Temple,” said Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange.
Three of the men are undocumented immigrants who will be deported, according to the sheriff’s office.
“ICE already put a hold on them, so once they are done with their charges here, they’ll be deported,” said Major T.J Cruz with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.
The men — who range from 17 to 57 years old — all face prostitution charges which are Class B misdemeanors, but many received additional charges.
“Also drug charges, drug paraphernalia, and we did have one with felony controlled substance,” said Lt. Michele Cianci, Commander of Operation.
All but four men are out on bond. Investigators say this was a great success, but an even better one would be if they caught no one.
“These people are not good for our community, so yes it was a success… but dog gone-it I wish there was no need for us to do this,” said Sheriff Lange.
This operation was conducted with the Temple Police Department, it is the fourth and largest sting to date.