Columbia County authorities arrest 10 in prostitition stings

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 11:36 AM
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Four women and six men have been arrested in an online prostitution sting set up by Columbia County sheriff’s investigators.

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Bryan Maurice Holley, 27, of North Augusta, arrested Dec. 16, 2008 for prostitution.  CCSO
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Bryan Maurice Holley, 27, of North Augusta, arrested Dec. 16, 2008 for prostitution.

Capt. Steve Morris said today that the arrests, which began in mid-December, involved two separate sting operations using a national online classified advertising service.

In the first sting, in mid-December, Columbia County investigators responded to online escort service advertisements and invited four women and two men to meet at a hotel near Interstate 20, said Capt. Morris.

Capt. Morris would not provide the name of the hotel used, but its owner agreed to allow a room to be used for the operation as long as the hotel’s name was not released.

Once the advertisers arrived and each negotiated a price for sex with undercover investigators, police arrested them for prostitution, Capt. Morris said.

In January, Columbia County investigators then turned the tables by setting up their own online escort service ad, Capt. Morris said.

The advertisement netted the arrests of four area men who showed up at the hotel, met with an undercover investigator and offered money for sex, Capt. Morris said.

“Instead of cruising the streets for prostitutes, these men responded to an online ad looking for sex,” Capt. Morris said. “This ad was created by our investigators. It included a photo and would describe erotic services.”

The agency is continuing to run the sting operation and expects more arrests, Capt. Morris said.

Arrested in December and charged with prostitution were Katrina Zuill, 19, of Augusta; Heather Patrick, 23, of Norcross, Ga.; Lisa Bogdan, 28, of Sardis, Ga.; and Kristine Matthews, 23, of Decatur, Ga., all women, Capt. Morris said, along with Sahara Friday, 27, of Hephzibah, and Bryan Holley, 27, of North Augusta, both men.

Mr. Friday also was charged with interference with government property after jailers say he cut two slits in his mattress at the Columbia County Detention Center.

Arrested in January and charged with pandering were James Samuels, 28, of Langley; Isaiah Williams, 49, of Aiken; James Flynn, 52, of Evans; and Thomas McCook, 25, of Augusta, Capt. Morris said.

All of those arrested have been released on bond with the exception of Mr. Holley, who remains in the Columbia County Detention Center with bond set at $1,600, Capt. Morris said.

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double_standard
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double_standard 02/10/09 - 12:41 pm
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Just in time for the Masters.

Just in time for the Masters.

Mongol
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Mongol 02/10/09 - 12:52 pm
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Victimless crime.

Victimless crime.

dglvr
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dglvr 02/10/09 - 12:54 pm
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Is James Flynn the same as

Is James Flynn the same as "Cotton" Flynn?

csracitizen
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csracitizen 02/10/09 - 12:56 pm
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I bet it was from one of

I bet it was from one of those ads they put in the Metro Spirit. They always put trash like that in there. It was also prob the hotel next to the Pilot off Riverwatch. That place is sketchy.

overdose
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overdose 02/10/09 - 12:57 pm
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Mongol...it is not a

Mongol...it is not a "victimless crime." Prostitution funds drugs, guns, and all other sorts of illegal acts that have plenty of "victims."

mable8
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mable8 02/10/09 - 12:59 pm
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So, when are they going to

So, when are they going to prosecute the MEN involved? In prostitution cases, it's only the women who are tried, convicted, and sentenced to jail/prison--how fair is that? And what's the "crime" anyway--legalize prostitution so it can be controlled for health reasons and both State & Federal taxes can be acquired. Another intended effect is the 'pimp' gets pushed out of the picture. What a no-brainer "sting."

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 02/10/09 - 12:59 pm
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Metro Spirit is the best

Metro Spirit is the best newspaper in the area. A million times better than this one.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 02/10/09 - 12:59 pm
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...and I thought that Eric

...and I thought that Eric Holder wasn't going to go after sex workers. Promise broken.

csracitizen
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csracitizen 02/10/09 - 01:00 pm
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You must not read very often

You must not read very often then.

mable8
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mable8 02/10/09 - 01:00 pm
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Overdose: It IS a victimless

Overdose: It IS a victimless crime; the only way the other criminal acts get funded is through forced prostetution--there is more than one kind of 'stable.' True prostitution has nothing to do with the criminal acts you mention.

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SPIN 02/10/09 - 01:08 pm
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they said columbia county

they said columbia county probably one of the hotels at 20 and jimmy dyess pkwy

gardez la foi
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gardez la foi 02/10/09 - 01:11 pm
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What about the

What about the PIMPS?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Gummy
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Gummy 02/10/09 - 01:24 pm
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What's the difference in

What's the difference in dinner and movie? Either way you pay

BOBO
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BOBO 02/10/09 - 01:29 pm
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MAble8 if you read the

MAble8 if you read the article, 4 men were charged with pandering (look it up!) they need to get all of them!

GetItRight3
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GetItRight3 02/10/09 - 01:32 pm
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Make the prostitutes get

Make the prostitutes get weekly health checks and testing, and tax their income. It will bring in a fortune for the city. Sorry... got carried away there, I was thinking outside the box/bible belt for a moment!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 02/10/09 - 01:51 pm
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Columbia County should find

Unpublished

Columbia County should find other things to worry about.

dani
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dani 02/10/09 - 01:54 pm
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Isn't the person in the photo

Isn't the person in the photo a woman? Sure looks like a woman to me..

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 02/10/09 - 01:56 pm
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While I agree that arrests

While I agree that arrests for prostitution or solicitation for such are "commendable", I wonder what ever happened to entrapment? When a police force spends times and money to entice someone to commit a crime, is that not entrapment? That used to be a recognized offense by law enforcement but now they can do everything possible to get someone to commit a crime and then arrest them for it. ON the other hand, with all the publicity about police stings on the internet, including the "To Catch A Predator" series, it is beyond me why ANYONE would respond to internet solicitation. As for prostitution being a victimless crime, I'm not so certain that is true, even if no pimp is involved. It must take a long spiral downward for someone to come to the point of completely abandoning moral principles in order to rent their bodies to someone else. Equally, desperation on the part of the "renter" must have taken him/her past personal moral boundaries. As for males not being charged, pandering is the charge which is usually leveled against males who solicit prostitutes. That charge can result in jail time and/or fines as well as embarrassment as in this case the pictures were published.

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sprintman 02/10/09 - 02:28 pm
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It must be alot of desperate

It must be alot of desperate and horny men in columbia county. Who either can't get a woman. Or thier wife, girlfriend, baby mama, or whoever isn't giving them enough sex. Who would pay to sleep with any of these women? The last one is okay but still money for sex. And mongol are you crazy victimless crime. How many women prostitutes are killed everyday by men. How many wives get std's, aids, and other diseases because thier husband cheats on them with prositutues. Not to mention since prostitution is apart of the underworld. Drugs, guns, and crime go hand and hand with it.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/10/09 - 02:31 pm
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Its funny because

Its funny because trukinranger and mongol take up for anything that happens in CC. But post racial slurs and other stupid post any other time. Trunkinranger do you want the authorities to do nothing. While std's, and aids continue to spread around columbia county. If you are okay with that then alright.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 02/10/09 - 02:35 pm
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Man O Man..how desperate can

Man O Man..how desperate can one be?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/10/09 - 02:45 pm
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Looks like only one of the

Looks like only one of the arrested was from CC.

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 02/10/09 - 02:45 pm
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dglvr - Your comment about

dglvr - Your comment about James "Cotton" Flynn was my first thought when I read the article.

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Barry Paschal 02/10/09 - 02:50 pm
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It is NOT Cotton Flynn.

It is NOT Cotton Flynn. Different person altogether (see the attached photo).

sjgraci
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sjgraci 02/10/09 - 02:56 pm
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Legalize it!

Legalize it!

sprintman
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sprintman 02/10/09 - 03:20 pm
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The prostitutes main

The prostitutes main customers are old white men. Usually because their wife is old and wrinkle like them. So they want the young girl.

psweat
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psweat 02/10/09 - 03:20 pm
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NO that is not the same

NO that is not the same person as Cotton Flynn.

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Riverman1 02/10/09 - 03:26 pm
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That's pandering?? It seems

That's pandering?? It seems like a waste of police resources to me. This is one of those things we kind of wink at if it is done at a higher level. No one was on the street. How far do you take such matters? Here we are confusing names and ruining people's reputations. The stupidest thing the Columbia County Sheriff's Department has ever done....and I've always admired them.

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justsaying 02/10/09 - 03:28 pm
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I'd pay $12 for the

I'd pay $12 for the blonde...ok maybe 14

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Riverman1 02/10/09 - 03:33 pm
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I'd like to see the ads and

I'd like to see the ads and how the CC Sheriff's Dept. responded. The AC should print those. This is hilariously stupid.

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