WILLOUGHBY, Ohio-- Willoughby police say 12 men have been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting.
Investigators say they placed an online ad on a website for escort services and the men agreed to meet a 20-year-old undercover informant posing as a prostitute, at a motel off of Route 91, in Willoughby.
Police were in a nearby room with cameras rolling. Sgt. Matthew Tartaglia told FOX 8, "Once they came into the room, there was a brief conversation with the confidential informant and officers from our detective bureau went and placed the males under arrest for solicitation."
Arrested were 54-year-old Timothy D. Asberry of Willoughby Hills, 55-year-old Bert M. Brown of Beachwood, 51-year-old Bryan Hess of Cuyahoga Falls, 41-year-old Efren Romero of Painesville, 38-year-old Eugene Preston of Beachwood, 31-year-old Gill Gurinder of North Royalton, 64-year-old Johannes Reinhard of Palm Beach, Florida, 55-year-old Nagi J. Haddad of Rocky River, 26-year-old Ramone A. Davis of Cleveland, 50-year-old Raymond T. Kern of Mentor, 47-year-old Richard M. Salajcik of Eastlake and 42-year-old Ryan B. Tyna of Hudson.
All 12 men were charged with soliciting and criminal tools. All posted bond and are scheduled to be in court March 7.
Tyna had been the girls basketball coach at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, but the school says as a result of his arrest, he has been relieved of his duties.
Police say there can be other severe consequences. “Whether or not they have families that could be affected by this, there's always the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases that can occur from these interactions," said Sgt. Tartaglia.
Willoughby police say they launched the sting after receiving a number of complaints about local residents meeting prostitutes at motels in the Route 91/I-90 area.
Police are hoping the sting will serve as a deterrent for both johns and prostitutes. According to Sgt. Tartaglia, "The girls involved with this generally come from troubled backgrounds, maybe a lack of education, a lack of money and see no way out, some of these girls are victimized in human trafficking."