Math Teacher and Guy Wearing French Maid's Outfit Busted in Huge Prostitution Sting
Dozens of alleged prostitutes and johns were arrested in a Florida city in recent days as part of a holiday sting officials dubbed "Operation Naughty Not Nice."
Among the men arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Department for allegedly soliciting prostitution was a 33-year-old married high school math teacher as well as a 68-year-old man police say wanted a prostitute to dominate him while he was dressed in a French maid's outfit.
The five-day sting focused on those who advertised services in online ads, the Polk County Sheriff's Department said in a release.
During the investigation, female undercover cops posted ads online and male undercover cops responded to ads posted online by others.
By the end of their sting on Sunday, the officers had arrested 95 men and women who ranged in age from just 15 years old to 68 years old.
The 68-year-old suspect, identified by police as David Marsh of Lakeland, who allegedly solicited the undercover female detective to dominate him showed up, cops say, wearing a French maid outfit and a chastity belt.
Another suspect, 33-year-old Timothy Percell, is a married high school math teacher.
A phone number could not be found for Mr. Percell. A call made to a David Marsh in Lakeland went unanswered. It was unclear from records available online if either man has yet entered a plea.
An official with Polk County Public Schools told INSIDE EDITION that Percell has been employed off-and-on within their school system since 2005.
He was most recently hired as a math teacher at George Jenkins High School in November 2015 as a “new” employee on probationary status. He's been reportedly terminated from his position.
Among the women arrested for alleged solicitation was a woman police say was driven to the location by her live-in boyfriend with their two-year-old child in the waiting car.
Also notable were the two different sets of identical twin sisters police say arrived together.
All told, 50 alleged prostitutes were arrested while 33 of the suspects are accused of soliciting prostitution. The rest face other charges related to prostitution. In all, detectives filed 21 felony charges and 111 misdemeanor charges.