A former Texas prosecutor is just one of the more than 1,000 individuals arrested in a massive sex sting operation by law enforcement officials in 17 states.
David B McClure, 45-years-old, formerly worked as an assistant prosecutor to Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne between 2001 and 2003, according to the Houston Chronicle.
McClure, though, was arrested in the prostitution sting after he allegedly offered an undercover female cop money for sex. McClure was released on a $500 bond and is expected to appear in court in September.
“To hear Mr. McClure was implicated in this sting is surprising and very disappointing,” Yenne said.
“Prostitution, nor drug-related offenses, should be considered victim-less crimes although many people like to claim they are,” Yenne said. “Prostitution and drugs are intertwined and exist on the periphery of more serious crime.”
Nationwide, the operation, known as the “National Johns Suppression Initiative,” resulted in the arrests of not only sex buyers, but also human traffickers.
“I’m very proud of our work, but concerned by the fact that demand hasn’t declined,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said told the Houston Chronicle.
In the Houston area alone, police arrested 161 individuals looking to buy sex, 88 individuals who had already bought sex and nine human traffickers.
“The motivation is to attempt to go higher in the chain – to get the traffickers themselves,” District Attorney Chief of Misdemeanors Nathan Beedle said.
The operation also resulted in police arresting a man with 60 grams of Hydrocodone and more than $4,000 in cash; a man who was a convicted sex offender; a man who had already been arrested for prostitution; and two individuals who were carrying handguns.
The sting was conducted between June and July and included 37 law enforcement agencies across the U.S.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.