Six men and one woman were arrested during a prostitution sting in Oliver Springs last week, authorities said.
The Aug. 29 joint operation was within a half-mile of Norwood Elementary and Middle School, and the bust involved the Oliver Springs Police Department and the Seventh District Crime Task Force, OSPD Chief Kenneth Morgan said in a Thursday evening press release.
“We conducted this operation with the hope of stopping a growing issue before it became a major problem,” Morgan said.
Those arrested included Monica Goodman of Oliver Springs, Troy Chaney Jr. of Coalfield, Todd Volker of Oliver Springs, Terry Ammons of Knoxville, William Anderson of Harriman, Charles York of Crossville, and Jesse Abshire of Coalfield, Morgan said.
Goodman was charged with promoting prostitution, and the six men were charged with patronizing prostitution. Morgan said Volker is a registered sex offender in Tennessee and has possible parole violation charges pending.
Abshire was also charged with two counts involving controlled substances, Morgan said.
“The assistance of Attorney General Dave Clark and the Seventh District Crime Task Force was instrumental in the success of this operation,” Morgan said. “The manpower and equipment they supplied at no charge to the Oliver Springs Police Department or to the citizens of Oliver Spring played a vital role.”