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Operation Lover Boy results in arrest of 3 Bryan residents

By CHRISTOPHER FERRELL

Eagle Staff Writer

Three Bryan residents were charged with prostitution Wednesday night after police said they offered to perform sexual acts on undercover officers for a price.

Two women and a man who was posing as a woman were arrested as part of Operation Lover Boy, a joint initiative of the Bryan Police Department’s special operations and criminal investigation divisions and Brazos Valley Narcotics Task Force.

Arrested in the sting were 42-year-old Denise Darcelle Smith, 49-year-old Brenda Diane White and 24-year-old Quincey Lamont Morgan.

Bryan Police Lt. Waylan Rawls, who heads special operations, said prostitution has been an ongoing problem in certain areas.

He said Wednesday’s sting, which netted arrests on South College Avenue, William Joel Bryan Parkway and Texas Avenue, was set up after beat sergeants said prostitution had increased in those areas.

During the eight-man operation, Rawls said, officers made verbal contact with suspected prostitutes. After they discussed a specific sexual act for a specific price, the suspects were driven to a checkpoint and placed under arrest.

Smith and White also were in possession of crack pipes, police said, and also face drug paraphernalia charges.

Rawls said the women seem to be drug addicts who were trying to get money to support their habits, so it’s hard to say if the sting will keep them or other women in similar situations off the streets.

“But I think what it has an impact on more than anything is the potential Johns,” he said. “Now, in the future, these prostitutes will be more leery about which cars they get into. And if they get into one less, that’s one less illegal act that’s occurring.”

Smith and Morgan were charged with prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

White, who had a previous prostitution conviction, was charged with enhanced prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

All three remained in the Brazos County Jail on Thursday night. Smith was held on $2,300 bond; White was held on $6,000 bond and also must pay $300 in fines; and Morgan was held on $2,000 bond.

• Christopher Ferrell’s e-mail address is cferrell@theeagle.com.

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