Texas authorities say a county head was among more than a dozen people arrested in an undercover prostitution operation.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said its organized crime unit, in partnership with the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA), performed the sting operation at a local hotel Wednesday night.
The sheriff’s office said a total of 14 suspects were arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Among them was Brian Harris of the Harris County Precinct 5 Police Department.
Soliciting prostitution is a state prison felony, the sheriff’s office said. Harris is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail.
Harris has since been relieved of duty, FOX 26 reported, citing the police officer’s office.
“We keep our MPs at the highest level,” District 5 Police Officer Ted Heap told the outlet, adding that Harris’s termination was “effective immediately.”
“We are sending a message that we will not tolerate this activity in our community. We will arrest and charge those complicit in this illegal activity,” the sheriff’s office said in a release. “We will continue to identify those who have been forced into human trafficking, rescuing them from their situation and connecting them to services to help them with their recovery.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/23/texas-cops-arrest-precinct-chief-brian-harris-in-undercover-prostitution-ring-bust/ Texas cops arrest County Superintendent Brian Harris in the bust of an undercover prostitution ring