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.