KILLEEN, Texas — Three members of the military are among nine suspects arrested in a Texas child prostitution sting, authorities said.
According to KXXV-TV, Killeen police and the Texas Department of Public Safety Human Trafficking Program conducted the two-day sting, which ended Saturday, in an attempt to find and arrest people willing to pay minors for sex acts.
"During this operation, nine suspects, three of whom are military, contacted officers through various social media platforms and made agreements for sexual acts with girls they believed were 15 or 16 years of age," Killeen police said in a news release Monday. "These agreements were for fees that included money, drugs and/or alcohol. The suspects were apprehended without incident when they arrived at a predetermined location."
According to the news release, the following seven suspects were arrested on charges of felony prostitution of a person under 18: Anthony Xavier Antwon, 25, of Fort Hood; Javier Perez, 40, of Austin; Brian Harley Flynn, 21, of Temple; Brandon Anthony Lee, 25, of Killeen; Dustin Edward Johnson, 42, of Lott; Timmy Jones Jr., 30, of Fort Hood; and Shaun Paul Moore, 39, of Kempner.
Two other suspects, 28-year-old Rakeem Jamal Nelson and 32-year-old Pierre Jean, both of Killeen, were arrested and charged with Class A prostitution, authorities said.
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