Midwest City police arrest four in online prostitution sting

Midwest City police arrested three men and one woman in a sting Friday involving false advertisements for prostitution on a website.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm •  Published: September 13, 2010
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— Four people were arrested in a prostitution sting involving advertisements placed on Backpage.com, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said Monday.

Thomas Ray Stemen, 58, Jackson Brummell, 24, and Jeffery Burton, 48, were arrested on complaints of solicitation for illegal purposes and were released on bail, Clabes said. Tambra Johnson, 19, was arrested on a complaint of soliciting for illegal purposes. Brummell also faces a marijuana possession complaint.

None have been charged.

A joint Midwest City-Oklahoma City police vice squad posted a false advertisement offering sexual services on the website Backpage.com on Friday night, Clabes said.

Three men, identified by Clabes as Stemen, Brummell and Burton, contacted a female undercover police officer and agreed to meet her at a Midwest City hotel. Other officers watched video surveillance from an adjacent room and arrested the men after they agreed to exchange money for sex.

A male undercover officer also responded to an ad placed by a woman offering escort services, he said.

The woman, whom Clabes identified as Johnson, agreed to meet the officer at the same hotel room, and officers arrested her when she took off her clothes and agreed to a sex act for money.

A listed phone number for Stemen rang unanswered Monday. The other three did not have listed numbers.


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