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Prostitution suspects, charges released

No children arrested in Augusta area

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:28 PM
Last updated 6:29 PM
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FBI officials said Tuesday that no children were found in the prostitution probe that led to the arrest of 11 people in the Augusta area, part of a nationwide crackdown.



Jim Harrison, the supervisor senior resident agent for the FBI, said the arrests were made in connection with Operation Cross Country VII, a statewide effort that resulted in the rescue of 105 children being victimized through prostitution.

The FBI said in a news release Tuesday that arresting adult prostitutes and pimps can lead investigators to children being victimized.

“Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation,” the release said. “Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states.”

Harrison said the FBI’s Augusta Child Exploitation Task Force found no child prostitutes during its two-day operation this month.

The nationwide crackdown led to 19 arrests in Georgia on child exploitation and prostitution charges, including the 11 here.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office made public their names and the charges on Tuesday.

Arrested locally were:

David Leon Morris, 21; Taylor Street, Augusta; possession of marijuana and felony probation

Natasha Nicole Bush, 19, 700 block of East Cedar Street, Augusta; possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct (prostitution/pimp)

Kristopher Bufkin, 19, Taylor Street, Augusta; interfering with a deputy

Ashley Reshena Washington, 21, 100 block of Northview, Keysville, Ga.; disorderly conduct (prostitution)

Betty L. Key, 28, 1800 block of Fenwick Street; disorderly conduct (prostitution)

Jessica Lynn, Hammond, 26, 600 block of Bohler Avenue; disorderly conduct (prostitution)

Casandra Kimball, 22, 2100 block of Barnwell Drive, Florence, S.C.; disorderly conduct (prostitution)

Katherine Holbert, 30, 2100 block of Barnwell Drive, Florence, S.C.; disorderly conduct (prostitution)

Katie, Goetz, 31, 400 block of East Boundary, Augusta; disorderly conduct (prostitution)

Greg Luke Green, 28; Raleigh, N.C.; pimping

Shanikia Howard, 27; Baltimore; prostitution.

Harrison said the locations of the Augusta arrests are being withheld, but at least four arrests were made in the 3000 block of Washington Road at Stevens Creek, jail records show.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/30/13 - 01:58 pm
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OK, so where the hell is the

OK, so where the hell is the child exploitation problem in Augusta? The first guy was arrested for simple possession the evil weed. Which is outright legal in 2 states and medically available in several more. In California, even if you don't have a weed card, possession is only an infraction and you can't be taken to jail. Ticket only. The women in this major dragnet Augusta bust ARE WELL OVER THE AGE OF 18 and went to jail for prostitution. Maybe Mayberry would have made a big deal about this in the early 60's but why Augusta GA in 2013? MyFather are you still calling for the death penalty for these folks? I suspect this may be the wrong country for you. There are other countries around the world who would support you, however.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/30/13 - 02:15 pm
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TALK ABOUT LETTING EMOTIONS

TALK ABOUT LETTING EMOTIONS TAKE OVER (Remind me not to be around you guys when your emotions take over for your brain):

Fiat_Lux
And I want mugshots, every one of them
up for all to see. Run them for days and days.

These horrible people should never be allowed to live in peace in our community again.

MyFather15
Death penalty for every last person involved!! These are absolutely the WORST of the worst!! They have NO RIGHT to breathe the same air as decent human beings!! Want to make a strong stance against Child exploitation and prostitution, give ALL of these people involved the death penalty!! What better way to show the rest that you are VERY serious?

Well, I suppose you could TALK tough about child prostitution, say you're going to do a lot of things (but actually don't do much); then let a judge slap them on the wrist with minor prison sentences and fines!! Yep, that would teach them!!!

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RMSHEFF 07/30/13 - 02:33 pm
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Giants what if

Maybe we should have capital punishment for any drug violation. This would ease the over population in the prisons. What ya think Giants. Or we could just build a tall barbwire fence around California and send all the drug users to you !

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/30/13 - 02:44 pm
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RMS, what exactly so you mean

RMS, what exactly do you mean by a drug? The following are drugs: alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, aspirin.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 07/30/13 - 03:07 pm
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Illegal drugs....those that

Illegal drugs....those that society deemed to be against the law possess to sell or use. Those that carry a penalty if caught using or selling.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/30/13 - 03:23 pm
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RMS, there are some countries

RMS, there are some countries in the Middle East that would tend to agree with you. Perhaps you would feel more comfortable there.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/13 - 03:27 pm
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Read my comments under the other story

Read my comments under the other story. This was complete bull and a couple of us saw it from the start. I thought better of the Chronicle. The best that they can come up with is prostitution arrests can lead to info about child prostitution??? Any kind of arrest can lead to more info.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/30/13 - 03:26 pm
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Breaking news, there's lots

Breaking news, there's lots of prostitutes in Augusta. Goes along with the massive drug and crime problem.

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Dixieman 07/30/13 - 03:36 pm
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Yeah

Next discovery: steam engines. Remember, prostitution's nickname is "the world's oldest profession" and it is one of those social evils, like drunkenness and violence, that will never be 100% eradicated. So not much news here. Glad none of these were underage or involved in child porn which is sickening.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/30/13 - 03:39 pm
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Riverman, hats off to you for

Riverman, hats off to you for not flying off the handle like some others. Augusta Chronicle trying to drum up business for themselves, that's all it was. Maybe it did some good, however. Hopefully MyFather15, Fiat_Lux, etal are looking at themselves in the mirror and saying "shame on you" to themselves. BTW, MyFather15, until you can get a better handle on your emotions and get the facts straight first, you have been demoted to MyFather12. Please change your profile.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/13 - 03:58 pm
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GAD, Another Thing

Under this horrendously inaccurate story the name of a local teacher-coach was put up by someone as being involved with other commenters asking about him. Those posts stayed up until mid-morning. Not only is the man not one of them arrested, there was NO ONE locally involved in child prostitution. This is one of the biggest screw-ups in the Chronicle in a long time.

triscuit
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triscuit 07/30/13 - 03:51 pm
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Prostitutes and drug dealers

Prostitutes and drug dealers from East Boundary and Harrisburg areas? Big surprise.

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nocnoc 07/30/13 - 04:54 pm
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Remember I Said

It was a carefully worded PR statement.

So far Some pimps and a adult stable.
Did I miss the Augusta Child Exploitation charges,or have they just been initially booked on holding charges to increased at a later date?

Under OCGA 16-11-39 Disorderly Conduct - Any person who commits the offense of disorderly conduct shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

OCGA 16-6-9 - Prostitution -misdemeanor

O.C.G.A. § 17-6-12 - Pimping is a felony.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 07/30/13 - 05:08 pm
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Giants

Most countries in the Middle East produce much of the hard drugs. I am quite comfortable sitting in my recliner looking out at the Savannah river with my Bible and Gun at hand.

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jmo 07/30/13 - 05:43 pm
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The world's.....

oldest profession. You are not going to stop it. As long as they have it and someone wants to pay for it, they are going to sell it. The best merchandise in the world; sell it all night and still have it in the morning.

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specsta 07/30/13 - 06:50 pm
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What's The Story Here?

I'm still trying to figure out why "child exploitation" was connected to pimping and prostituting - when "no children were found in the prostitution probe".

There's a pretty big difference between children being exploited and grown adults engaging in consensual activities with other adults.

Prostitution is legal in some parts of the US - and in most parts of the world. It might as well be legalized in every state. It will exist as long as human beings are still breathing. Anybody remember Prohibition and the end result?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/13 - 08:23 pm
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Exactly where were the

Exactly where were the prostitutes caught?

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Riverman1 07/30/13 - 08:25 pm
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At 6:29 We Get THIS Sub Title...

"No children arrested in Augusta area"

Are children ever arrested? Is Travis Highfield a card carrying reporter?

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gargoyle 07/30/13 - 09:22 pm
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Mr. Highfield needs to make a

Mr. Highfield needs to make a public apology for misleading the public if this report is all there is to this story.

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Bizkit 07/30/13 - 10:30 pm
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I'm thankful no children were

I'm thankful no children were involved. Kind of skanky drug addicted lookin ho's. Ho,HO,hO,ho,ho,ho,ho. Must be Christmas or a Ho down. I've never needed a prostitute but if so I believe I'd move to city with a better class of prostitutes. Sheesh. Maybe just a bad pic. The purpose of life is to be useful-drugs just make you useless. Useless leads to prostitution. Prostitution leads to STDs or jail. Sad waste of a life. I wager they were not trying to pay their way through college so they wouldn't have student loans-likely just for drugs. Consider their complexion perhaps methamphetamine. Yuk.

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Bizkit 07/30/13 - 10:36 pm
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Spec that is interesting. You

Spec that is interesting. You can be two consenting adult males, females, or any mix and have sex, but you exchange a dollar it's suddenly a crime.
Of course you always pay-just not always with cash-LOL. Hey if they legalized it and taxed it we could pay off the national debt in about 6 months.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/30/13 - 10:48 pm
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Haven't studies indicated

Haven't studies indicated that there are less sex related crimes where prostitution is legal? Legalizing it and regulating it would also reduce the spread of STDs and AIDS.

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shrimp for breakfast 07/31/13 - 03:13 am
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Wait a second

Prostitution = Disorderly Conduct?
That's a new one on me. That's like saying burglary=trespassing.

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Austin Rhodes 07/31/13 - 06:15 am
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Blame the cops and their press releases...

...don't blame TRAVIS! Every media outlet in town announced that the Feds had a "child prostitution/sexual exploitation" crackdown that yielded 11 local arrests. The reports came after direct press releases from officials. I thought it was odd that arrests were announced, but no names...that rarely happens.

As far as overreacting, people were reacting to the possibility that people were pimping kidnapped 12 year old children...at which point calling for the death penalty was completely understandable.

Gotta say...media communication with law enforcement in Augusta is at an all time low...and it is showing up in all kind of weird ways.

A year ago, word of something like this would have leaked out (like this one did) and instead of waiting around for a pencil pusher to issue a third hand press release, we would have been told by solid sources that yes, there was a crackdown, but no, nothing concrete related to child sex crimes turned up. Certainly this debacle would not have occurred.

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Fiat_Lux 07/31/13 - 09:01 am
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@GAD

You didn't enter the fray until pretty darn late. Most of us were responding based on the information put up initially in this article, and it looked quite different then than it does now.

If you find our expressions of outrage at the sexual exploitation of children worth mocking, I can only wonder what was left out of your formation as a human being. I wish I could actually say what I think about your opinion. It would be colorful.

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GiantsAllDay 07/31/13 - 09:38 am
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Fiat, yes you are correct, I

Fiat, yes you are correct, I entered the fray AFTER more information came in. It's called emotional maturity. You would be best served if you just learned your lesson and moved on. And I don't mind if you come after me with your comments. I would love to read it. I have never flagged anyone's comment about me. That's not the way I roll. They are only words and someone's opinion.
"If you find our expressions of outrage at the sexual exploitation of children worth mocking, I can only wonder what was left out of your formation as a human being. I wish I could actually say what I think about your opinion. It would be colorful."
Your expressions of outrage at the exploitation of children was not what I was mocking. I was mocking the fact that you believe everything you read in the newspaper, especially this one

Also, I think Austin is making it clear that the upper level of law enforcement in this town can't be trusted.

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Fiat_Lux 07/31/13 - 09:35 am
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I'm not sure you really know what emotional maturity is, GAD,

if you think experiencing and expressing outrage over something so evil and cruel being done to children is emotionally immature.

Failing to do so likely falls into the category of being morally stunted and bereft of compassion, ie, sociopathic.

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GiantsAllDay 07/31/13 - 09:44 am
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Take a breath and read my

Take a breath and read my post again. I wasn't mocking the outrage at harming children. It was a nice cheap shot, that thinking people wont buy, however. But why do I have to say it again? I'm done with this thread.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 09:52 am
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Don't Blame RCSO Spokesmen

I don't get Austin's criticism of the RCSO spokesmen. It appears the FBI is the one the Chronicle reporter spoke to and quoted. The FBI is the organization that threw out this misconception for public consumption. The RCSO accurately released the information including the misdemeanor charges.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/31/13 - 09:59 am
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Well, GAD, what did you think I was talking about?

How about you go back and read what I wrote instead. There is a legitimate occasion for strong emotions, and even if you don't share them yourself, when it comes to something like the sexual torture and exploitation of children, chiding those of us who do rage about it is kind of slimy .

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