Men answering online prostitution ads are increasingly finding that the "prostitute" carries a badge and that the whole enterprise is a sting much like one that recently snared grocery-store magnate Michael Gilliland.
Phoenix police are using a variety of investigative techniques, including using online advertising, in their efforts to stop child prostitution, spokesman Sgt. "Last week's investigation was of this sort and netted eight arrests, one of them Mr. Police say Gilliland, 52, offered 0 for sex to a female who had twice told him she was 17. Others arrested in the sting were identified by authorities as Rudy Burns, Phillip Dominguez, Anthony Meisner, Brandon Murillo, Jose Rodriguez Pacheco, Travis Russell and Sheldon Yazzie.
(The officer) reconfirmed with him that she was only 17-years-old while in the hotel room as well." On Friday, Gilliland posted ,000 bond and was released from jail.
Gilliland, who has a home in Paradise Valley, founded Sunflower Farmers Market grocery chain.
I’ve worked jobs ranging from housekeeper to attendant at a dry cleaners.
Since his arrest, he resigned from his position its chief executive.
A company news release said Gilliland has said he believes he is not guilty and expects to be exonerated.
Now, an online ad with a photo of a man or woman and text thinly disguising the offering of sexual favors might have been placed by a police agency.
In the sting, undercover female officers posed as juvenile prostitutes, having advertised on a website carrying scores of ads for "escorts" and "body rubs." Court documents say that at about p.m., Gilliland answered an online ad and spoke with an undercover officer who "told him she was actually 17 years old." The officer "also told Gilliland to bring cigarettes because she was too young to purchase them and the store would not take her fake I.
D." The documents say "a short time later Gilliland arrived at the hotel and had a conversation (with the undercover officer) where he agreed to pay her 0 for sex.