Waco prostitution sting

TOP ROW (from left): Justin Lee, 28, of Axtell; Dexter Beck, 30, of Waco; Andre Dunn, 26, of Axtell; Jose Antonio Perez-Serrano, 37, of Waco; Jose Daniel Santillano, 31, of Blue Ridge; Kyle Edward McCown, 29, of Waco.

MIDDLE ROW (from left): Eduardo Cardenas, 25, of Waco; Emanuel Lamberto Lopez, 24, of Corsicana; Reagan Starr, 22, of Waco; Pablo Garcia, 52, of Waco; Zhen Wang, 33, of Waco; Rachel Finney, 25, of Fort Worth.

BOTTOM ROW (from left): David Martinez, 28, of McGregor; Aaron Sickler, 34, of Waco; Richard Erminger, 35, of Robinson; Monah Howard, 31, of Waco; Robert Anthony Davila, Jr., 36, of Waco.

Two women and 15 men were arrested in an undercover, weekend-long prostitution sting conducted by Waco police, authorities confirmed Monday.

Undercover Waco street crimes officers began conducting online surveillance and arranged meetings with suspects who responded to online advertisements seeking sex for money, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. Officers met suspects at local motels and arrested them on Class B misdemeanor charges of prostitution or other criminal offenses connected to the sting.

“Our Waco street crimes unit conducted a sting like we have done in the past and will continue to do in the future,” Swanton said. “Officers ran online ads and people would respond to that, thinking they were coming to meet a prostitute for sex, but instead they’d meet Waco PD.”

Authorities said the men arrested in the sting were considered “johns” and were planning to pay for sex. The two women arrested in the sting were most likely being trafficked and sex-trafficking victim services will be made available to them as the investigation continues.

One man, Robert Anthony Davila Jr., 36, of Waco, was also hit with drug charges during the sting.

Those arrested on prostitution charges included; Justin Lee, 28, of Axtell; Dexter Beck, 30, of Waco; Andre Dunn, 26, of Axtell; Jose Antonio Perez-Serrano, 37, of Waco; Jose Daniel Santillano, 31, of Blue Ridge; Kyle Edward McCown, 29, of Waco; Eduardo Cardenas, 25, of Waco; Emanuel Lamberto Lopez, 24, of Corsicana; Reagan Starr, 22, of Waco; Pablo Garcia, 52, of Waco; Zhen Wang, 33, of Waco; Rachel Finney, 25, of Fort Worth; David Martinez, 28, of McGregor; Aaron Sickler, 34, of Waco; Richard Erminger, 35, of Robinson and Monah Howard, 31, of Waco.

Swanton said Martinez told officers that he was a former Coryell County Sheriff’s Office deputy and recently began working with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Chief David Kilcrease said Martinez applied for a McLennan County job about 10 months ago, but was not accepted and he has never been a county employee.

The investigation into the recent arrests remain ongoing, Swanton said.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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