POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 3:34pm
HOUMA, LA (NBC33) — Police were able to identify and bust a prostitution ring that was being advertised on a website called Backpage.
The Houma Police Department reports that the arrests were made after a two-day undercover operation that was conducted on March 8 and 9. We’re told detectives dubbed the sting “Operation Scoop Up.”
Officials say the investigation was launched after they became aware of the prostitution ring on the website Backpage. In utilizing the site for the undercover operation, detectives were able to identify and arrest 15 men and 1 female who allegedly attempted to solicit sexual favors in exchange for money.
The individuals arrested include:
- Toby Torres, 36, of Raceland, La.
- Chris Theriot, 18, of Houma, La.
- Porferio Reyes Mendoza, 58, of Houma
- William James, 37, of Houma, La
- Manny Schexnayder, 32, of Theriot, La.
- Kevin Echeverria, 24, of Houma, La.
- Jesus Galdamez, 23, of Lockport, La.
- Cullen Landry-w/m, 20, of Houma, La.
- Ramon Johnson, 35, of Napoleonville, La.
- Jacob Thomas Krenn-w/m, 26, of Houma, La.
- Easton LeCompte, Jr., 63, of Houma
- Joseph W. Washington, 24, of Thibodaux, La.
- Jerry Jack Hebert of Galliano, La.
- Taneshia Brown, 25, of Fresno, Tx.
- Milton J. Griffin, 55, of Raceland, La.
- Steven Alcorn, 35, of Thibodaux, La.
All suspects were arrested for Soliciting for Prostitutes and transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex to be booked and jailed to await bond or court.
In conjunction with this operation, Houma Police detectives received information about other websites relative to prostitution being conducted in the Houma area. Future operations are being planned and law enforcement would like to caution individuals within this arena that they will eventually be apprehended arrested.