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Three Texas soldiers — two stationed at Fort Hood and another at Fort Sam Houston— were among the nine men arrested Saturday in a child prostitution sting, the Killeen Police Department said.
Spc. Anthony Xavier Antwon, 25, and Pfc. Timmy Jones Jr., 30, both stationed at Fort Hood, were arrested on suspicion of felony prostitution under the age of 18. Staff Sgt. Pierre Jean, 32, was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor prostitution charge. Jean is stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, according to media reports.
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The department’s Special Victim’s Unit in conjunction with the Texas Department of Public Safety concluded a two-day sting in an effort to locate and arrest individuals attempting to pay minors for sex, Killeen police said in a news release. All nine men arrested allegedly used various social media platforms to make arrangements for sexual acts with undercover officers, whom the suspects believed were 15 or 16 year old girls, according to police.
The nine men agreed to sexual acts with the “girls” promising payments of money, drugs and alcohol, police said. They were arrested when the men arrived at a predetermined location.
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Police also arrested Javier Perez, 40, of Austin; Brian Harley Flynn, 21, of Temple; Brandon Anthony Lee, 25, of Killeen; Dustin Edward Johnson, 42, of Lott; and Shaun Paul Moore, 39, of Kempner on suspicion of felony prostitution under 18. Rakeem Jamal Nelson, 28, of Killeen was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor class A prostitution.
Antwon is a motor transport operator with the 4th squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment; Jones is a combat engineer with the 87th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade and Jean is a combat medic at the Army Medical Center of Excellence, according to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.
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