46 Men Arrested in North Texas Undercover Sex Trafficking Sting

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Forty-six men were arrested successful transportation with a monolithic undercover sex-trafficking sting cognition successful 2 affluent North Texas suburbs.

A younker pastor, a precocious schoolhouse shot coach, a nonrecreational hockey player, and a manager of operations for a ample infirmary web were among the men arrested astatine upscale hotels successful Frisco and Southlake connected Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

Homeland Security Investigations spearheaded the multi-agency operation, dubbed Operation Demand Suppression, arsenic portion of its Blue Campaign highlighting Human Trafficking consciousness month, the HSI Dallas bureau announced successful a press release.

On Tuesday, the Frisco Police Department released the names of the 23 men who were arrested successful their city.

“By targeting those progressive successful this crime, we anticipation to disrupt this enactment and supply assistance to quality trafficking victims by getting them connected to the advocates and resources they need,” said HSI Special Agent successful Charge Lester R. Hayes, Jr.

Many of the men arrested were from cities successful North Texas, with a fewer exceptions. One antheral was from Aurora, Colorado; different antheral was from Broken Bow, Oklahoma; and a 3rd antheral was from San Gabriel, California, according to constabulary and jailhouse records.

Undercover Operation

In the operation, instrumentality enforcement officers responded to online solicitations for prostitution, according to Frisco PD.

They arranged meetups astatine an upscale edifice successful Frisco and different successful Southlake. Hotel absorption and unit were alert of the cognition and cooperated with officials. The suspects were arrested upon accomplishment astatine the locations without incident, authorities said.

LeMarcus Strickland of Keller, Texas, was arrested during the cognition successful Southlake. The 35-year-old was listed arsenic an country manager for the non-profit First Priority of America successful Fort Worth, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The organization provides resources for Christian students to signifier clubs connected nationalist schoolhouse campuses.

Strickland’s accusation has been removed from the group’s website. The Epoch Times has reached retired for comment.

A erstwhile teacher and adjunct shot manager astatine Flower Mound Marcus High School was besides among the men taken into custody.

Cecil Timothy Morrison joined the schoolhouse territory successful April 2018, according to The Dallas Morning News. He resigned connected Jan. 18.

“Mr. Morrison was placed connected administrative permission erstwhile the territory became alert of his apprehension and subsequently submitted his resignation to the territory past week,” Lewisville ISD Communications Director Amanda Brim said successful a statement, arsenic reported by aggregate quality outlets. “This is simply a ineligible substance extracurricular his relation successful our district, and we person nary denotation the circumstances surrounding his apprehension progressive students.”

Principal Will Skelton sent a connection to the families of students astatine the precocious school.

“I recognize this is hard quality for our students and our schoolhouse community,” Skelton’s connection read. “Our absorption volition proceed to beryllium supporting our students done immoderate interaction they whitethorn acquisition owed to Coach Morrison’s unexpected departure. I person communicated straight with the shot programme and families successful Coach Morrison’s people to guarantee they cognize we are present to enactment them.”

Lewisville ISD did not respond to The Epoch Times’ requests for comment.

Jim Hemmingway, 49, of The Colony, Texas, was among the suspects arrested successful Frisco. Hemmingway is the erstwhile manager of operations astatine Baylor Scott & White Health successful North Texas. His accusation has been removed from the website.

A spokesperson for Baylor Scott & White Health confirmed connected Wednesday that Hemmingway is “no longer an employee.”

Allen Americans hockey subordinate Spencer Asuchak, 31, was besides arrested successful Frisco. He lives successful McKinney, Texas.

“We are alert of the situation, and we are waiting for much information,” a spokeswoman for the Allen Americans told The Epoch Times, adding that was each the accusation she could provide.

On Wednesday, Asuchak was inactive listed connected the team roster.

“The victims of these heinous crimes are treated similar commodities, utilized to marque arsenic overmuch wealth arsenic possible, arsenic rapidly arsenic possible,” Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Wayburn said successful a associated release. “Those who postulation victims are the scourge of the earth, and we volition proceed to people those liable for the trafficking and those who solicit enactment from them.”

The instrumentality enforcement agencies that participated successful the cognition see the Tarrant County Human Trafficking Task Force, Frisco Police Department, Flower Mound Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas County District Attorney Investigators, Dallas Police Department, Irving Police Department, Midlothian Police Department, Arlington Police Department, and the Colleyville Police Department.