RENO, NV - Five men have been caught in a prostitution sting in downtown Reno. Members of the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) posted an ad on a popular website for a female who was selling sexual acts in return for money. Within one minute of the advertisement being posted, SET began receiving calls and texts from perspective customers. Five men were cited or arrested for solicitation for prostitution.
Solicitation for prostitution is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of up to 6 months in the county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00. Individuals cited/arrested for solicitation for prostitution are also required to submit to blood testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
SET also set up an operation targeting females posting on web sites, which cater to the customers of prostitution. Three women negotiated sex acts in exchange for money with an undercover detective. Two females qualified for citations, while the third did not and was arrested. It is the goal of SET to provide avenues to escape the prostitution lifestyle, and therefore the names of the three females will not be released.
The Regional Street Enforcement Team would like to remind visitors and residents that prostitution of all forms is illegal in Washoe County. The scenario of a female engaging in prostitution having a male nearby is very common and customers of illegal prostitution are at great risk of crimes such as robbery and battery, as well as contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
The following men were cited or arrested:
Brian Starbuck, Reno resident, cited for solicitation for prostitution
Jacob Rogers, Reno resident, cited for solicitation for prostitution
Alejandro Garcia-Aguilar Veracruz, Mexico resident, arrested for solicitation for prostitution
Carlos Gonzalez-Hernandez, Sparks resident, arrested for solicitation for prostitution
Michael Lytle, Sparks resident, cited for solicitation for prostitution