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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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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/31/13 - 10:02 am
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The Feds put out the bad info...

...but before Roundtree's new rules...one quick phone call to any one of about a half dozen people would have clarified the info, and prevented this cluster muck. NOW...Tree's top people are afraid to talk to media...and the PR people are generally so far out of the loop for ongoing investigations, most don't even bother trying.

The task force spokespeople blew this...the locals could have fixed it immediately. Welcome to the new world.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 10:26 am
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Rule is a Good One

The rule about only the official spokespeople releasing information from the RCSO was done for valid reasons. Erroneous information released can be wrong, embarrassing and even dangerous. In addition certain people have self-aggrandizing motives when contacting you directly, Austin.

I'm guessing someone concerned about his image and role in the incident was trying to shade things when he contacted you the other day about the high speed chase downtown. Understand these people breaking the rule have their motives as you do by appearing to have access to inside info. I'm not blaming you for accepting the info, but realize the motives..theirs and yours.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/31/13 - 10:32 am
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You have NO CLUE...

...what you are talking about RM. NONE.

I got ZIP from law enforcement on that one...didn't ask them. But just like I have shown time and time again, there are plenty of people with access to the information that know the difference between legitimately withheld info...and stuff stuck in the bureaucratic pipeline.

In the case of the Feds here...I have no clue what they were thinking...but RC officers could have cleared it up quick. Instead, they get bad headlines that make the CSRA out to be kiddie perv central. Damn shame.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 10:39 am
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Austin said

"I got ZIP from law enforcement on that one...didn't ask them."

And I thought I heard you say on the air that your contacts in law enforcement told you about the chase details and you were the first one to break the story, yada, yada, yada?

But the point is blaming the RCSO for THIS story is wrong when it was the FBI. What was the RCSO supposed to do, jump up and call the FBI liars?

Actually, if you read the release carefully, a lot of people, including you and the Chronicle reporter read a lot into it. I was asking questions from the start and not buying the story.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/31/13 - 10:46 am
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Not BLAMING RC for the Feds foul up...

...BUT...in the old days, the story would not have been reported the same way. ALL media reported it the same way, because that was the way the task force release was written. It was THEIR FAULT, not the TV stations and newspapers who passed along their info...we should be able to trust them. By the way...subsequent conversations with LE folks back all this up, and the poop has hit the fan for those responsible for the wording of that first release.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 11:28 am
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Told You So

"By the way...subsequent conversations with LE folks back all this up, and the poop has hit the fan for those responsible for the wording of that first release."

Oh, so some people in LE at the RCSO disregard the rules and contact you concerning the RCSO. Told you.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/31/13 - 02:33 pm
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There are a WHOLE LOTTA...

...local cops, prosecutors, judicial officials, and public safety workers who know most of what goes on in Augusta criminal investigations and operations, that are NOT RCSO officers.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 03:09 pm
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So are you saying you don't

So are you saying you don't get info from RCSO officers outside of the normal channels? If I had a nickel for every time I've heard you say you do, I could corner the market on nickel, if nickels were actually made of nickel.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/31/13 - 09:20 pm
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I rarely get specific...

...on the exact employer of the sources...but law enforcement/public safety sources cross all kind of departmental and political jurisdictions.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 09:02 am
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Kind of Bizarre

Well, one time I remember is you asking AB to verify that the person you had gotten the info from was someone in the RCSO who would definitely know. I doubt LE in other jurisdictions know much about the RCSO inner workings. Prosecutors giving you info is an interesting twist and bizarre if true. Ambulance/Fire Dept. personnel, too.

But let's go back to what you just said. "By the way...subsequent conversations with LE folks back all this up, and the poop has hit the fan for those responsible for the wording of that first release."

So are we to believe someone outside told you that? How could anyone outside of the RCSO know that?

Do I believe at least two people in the RCSO give you info against department directives? Absolutely, and it's all about politics, jealousy and future elections.

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