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Prostitution sting leads to 12 arrests

7:01 AM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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The Knox County Sheriff's Office said it arrested 12 men at a West Knoxville hotel as part of a prostitution sting on July 25th and 26th.

All 12 men were charged with patronizing prostitution.

Tuesday night, KCSO released the names of the those charged:

Floyd Lynn Archer

Lucas Matthew Allmon

Robert Keith McCracken

Adam Joshua Houk

John William Wickstrom

Daniel Ilea

Ashvinkumar Rameshbhai Patel

Jonathan Peter Smith

Robert Gene McKinney

Randall Lee Thornhill

Bradford T. Huffins

Jose Manuel Mendoza (2nd offense)

The sting is connected to prostitutes offering their services on a website called "backpage.com."

KCSO has arrested 149 people in prostitution stings connected with that website since October of last year.

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