Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-11 14:09:00 –
Erwin, TN (WSMV)-A masked investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies arrested these seven men arrested in Erwin for “attempting to buy illegal sex from minors.”
A study aimed at addressing trafficking in eastern Tennessee began on June 9. The purpose of the survey was to find people who were “trying to engage in commercial sexual activity with minors.”
During their investigation, authorities posted “some decoy ads on websites known to be related to prostitution and commercial sexual activity.” As a result of the investigation, the following man was arrested.
- Mark Daniel Higgins, 59, Asheville, NC: Recruiting Minors by Electronic Means, Recruiting Minors
- Jeffrey Lynn Lanny, 61, Arden, NC: Trafficking in Commercial Sex (2 counts), Recruiting Minors (2 Counts), Buying Alcohol for People Under 21
- Stephen Charles Maze, 47, Morristown: Trafficking for Commercial Sex, Recruiting Minors
- Benjamin Busho Moreno, 50, Asheville, NC: Trafficking for Commercial Sex (2 counts), Recruiting Minors (2 Counts)
- Jose Raul Delgado Andrade, 41, Johnson City: Trafficking for Commercial Sex, Recruiting Minors
- Alberto Basquez Gonzalez, 46, Bristol, Virginia: Trafficking for Commercial Sex, Recruiting Minors
- Randalldale Staton, 54, Bakersville, NC: Trafficking for Commercial Sex, Recruiting Minors
All seven men are currently in Unicoi County Jail. The TBI Trafficking Unit, Irwin Police Station, Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesborough Police Station, and the office of First District Attorney General Ken Baldwin all participated in the investigation.
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