Nine arrested in Web-based prostitution sting

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 2:35pm
Staff reports

Nine men were arrested Tuesday on Internet-related prostitution charges in a Web-based sting conducted by the Specialized Investigations Division (SID), Metro police said.

The men were charged with state misdemeanor citations for patronizing prostitution after they responded to an ad on a the Internet sites craigslist and Backpage soliciting money for sex, police said. In the Web sting, the ad asked men to go to a downtown Nashville hotel to meet a woman, whom they'd pay to have sex with. The woman was actually an undercover police officer. The men were cited after they allegedly agreed to pay for a sex act, police said.

The charged men include:

James Hammill, 49 of Murfreesboro
James Estes, Jr., 52, of Mt. Pleasant
John Rahimi, 36, of Nashville
Aaron Sears, 26, of Franklin
Howard Brantley, 23, of Goodslettesville
Ryan Smith, 33, of Nashville
Jose Veteri, 28, of Charleston, S.C.
Michael Bridges, 30, of Murfreesboro
William Bond, 55, of Chattanooga

This sting marked SID's 500th arrest since they began conducting Web-based stings in the fall of 2006. Since then, SID detectives have done numerous stings targeting prostitutes, both male and female, as well as reverse stings targeting those who patronize prostitution.

Click here to see photos of the suspects on Metro Police's Website.

10 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 5/14/09 at 4:12

To arrest these many people, there must have been speeding added to the citation.

By: idgaf on 5/15/09 at 3:10

This is a new low. Patrol the freaking streets not the internet . This is a waste of money and manpower soliciting johns for a private minor crime that dosn't affect our quality of life at all.

Wonder how many marrages/relationships/jobs this will ruin with no gain for the citizens that are picking up the tab.

500 arrests in 3 years of this sort is not a very good accomplishment and most likely took at least 4 cops to make each arrest if not more.

That squad should be investigated on a cost result basis.

By: Kosh III on 5/15/09 at 6:11

What a comfort to know that burlaries, car theft, home-break-ins, rape and murder have been eliminated in this city.

By: pandabear on 5/15/09 at 6:17

Attention all idiots:
Prostitution has always been here, will always be here
and it's always been this way.

Get over it !

This is a very stupid waste.

First of all, who cares ?

Next, why are you using our tax dollars on this ?
Do you think that will make it go away ?
Do you think it impresses the public or that you're performing a public service ?

This is all media fodder.

It would be better to use the manpower to deport illegal immigrants.

By: michael thomas on 5/15/09 at 6:47

Are we sure they are not the ones who is prostituting? They set the trap, take peoples money,and then say we are cleaning up the city. Have they caught the rapist that raped the women at rollins market? NO. And to top that off they have a picture of the the guy.

By: trombeau on 5/15/09 at 7:00

the only reason it is illeagal is they can't figure out how to tax it. it all boils down to the allmighty worthless dollar . they would be better barting for a chicken or some veggies. follow the money that is all these lacking of intellect poloticians want that and the power to tell the sheep which pasture to graze in.

By: Nashville Sun Devil on 5/15/09 at 7:48

If prostitution is illegal, then why is it legal for a man to a bar, buy a woman they have never met a bunch of drinks, take her home, sleep with her and never call or meet her again? Basically its the same thing right?

By: pandabear on 5/15/09 at 9:08

They should legalize it anyway.

That way they can tax it, and we can compute the costs better :)

By: Kosh III on 5/15/09 at 10:47

"If prostitution is illegal, then why is it legal for a man to a bar, buy a woman they have never met a bunch of drinks, take her home, sleep with her and never call or meet her again? Basically its the same thing right?"

Shhhhh. Don't give them any ideas on what else to make illegal.

By: global_citizen on 5/15/09 at 4:59

As much as it pains me, I agree completely with idgaf. Why on earth would police not focus their efforts on the unsightly prostitution that goes on in the public streets instead of the very private and unobtrusive prostitution that happens via the internet, where no one has to see it or participate if they don't want to.

The answer: low hanging fruit. It's easier for Serpass to tout big numbers of arrests, thump his chest and say he's cleaning up Nashville. It's about the laziest and most self-aggrandizing form of policing.