Second prostitution sting nets nine arrests in North Shelby County

FROM STAFF REPORTS

COLUMBIANA — A second reverse prostitution sting in North Shelby County resulted in the arrest of nine “johns.”

A reverse prostitution sting carried out by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force resulted in nine arrests. (CONTRIBUTED)

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted a second sting, titled “Operation Close Out – Round 2” on Thursday, Oct. 18, along the U.S. 280 corridor, according to a press release.

Nine men were arrested and charged with the crime of soliciting prostitution, among other charges.

Those charged are identified as follows:

  • Abhinav Gautam, 23, of Birmingham
  • Bruce Beasley, 53, of McMinnville, Tennessee
  • Charles Herron, 23, of Mountain Brook
  • Damion Simon, 41, of Birmingham
  • Dennis Cauch, 41, of Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Edgar Garcia, 34, of Vestavia Hills
  • Robert Jernigan, 33, of Birmingham
  • Samuel Montoya, 21, of Birmingham
  • Zyon Bradford, 19, of Birmingham

The first operation took place on Sept. 20, when 11 men were arrested for soliciting prostitution.

This is only the second operation of what is expected to be an ongoing effort throughout Shelby County in the months to come. The motivation behind these efforts is to demonstrate a zero-tolerance for criminal solicitation and to aggressively attack the demand for these type enterprises, which is often rooted in human trafficking and drug trafficking.