HPD officer among 139 arrested in prostitution, trafficking sting

HOUSTON – Houston police Chief Art Acevedo and members of the HPD Vice Division announced Thursday the results of a sting aimed at people who buy or sell sex.

Acevedo announced that 139 men were arrested in a 10-day sex trade sting, Operation H Star, in Harris County.

A Houston Police Department officer was arrested as a result of the sting, officials said. He has posted a $500 bond, and was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

HPD, the Harris County District Attorney's Office, and Children at Risk, collaborated on the investigation which took place from Oct. 2 to Oct. 13 at a location that had been known to have been involved with illicit sex trade in the past.

"We do not know how long 7 Star Spa operated out of this location, but we do know Vice had operation arrests stemming back to 2007," said Acevedo.

"Upon entry buyers were greeted by an undercover officer and escorted to a private massage room where they engaged in conversation and ultimately bought a sexual act," said one investigator at the news conference.

Houston police did not know they would find one of their own.

“Sadly, I want you all to know, that a member of the Houston Police Department was caught up in this sting," Acevedo said. "And let me just say this, that person was immediately put on restricted duty, that person is not part of our internal affairs investigations and I’m pretty confident that the person’s future with the police department is not looking very promising.”

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