The St. Johns County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Special Investigations Unit, conducted a reverse prostitution operation Tuesday morning, which resulted in the arrests of seven St. Johns County men according to a press release from Media Resource Officer Kevin Kelshaw.
â€œOperation Betty Crockerâ€ was initiated after reports were received that alleged prostitution activities were occurring near a West Augustine neighborhood.
Three undercover female deputies began loitering on the corner of Ervin and Volusia Streets around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday and completed the operation 4 hours later.
During the course of the operation, seven male subjects ranging in ages from 33 to 74 had approached and solicited the female deputies for a variety of sexual activities and were subsequently arrested by additional deputies who were waiting nearby.
The suspects arrested are:
Each suspect was charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and transported to the St. Johns County Jail.
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