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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-149

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 3, 2019
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    Operation Targeting "Johns" Nets Four Arrests

    Today's arrests were just one prong in a multi-faceted approach at combating human trafficking," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
    • Wednesday
    • April 3, 2019
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Details:

    Four men were arrested in a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office operation targeting "Johns" who were soliciting the services of prostitutes in the University Community area of Tampa. During the course of the investigation, a total of 17 men engaged with undercover detectives. Among those arrested was Brian Hartzler, 46, a Tampa Fire Rescue firefighter who solicited sexual acts while in his duty uniform.

    Each of the men arrested will face a charge of Soliciting Another to Commit Prostitution.

    "Today's arrests were just one prong in a multi-faceted approach at combating human trafficking," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "By attacking prostitution head on, we are trying to take away the financial incentive behind trafficking and hopefully it sends a message to others that this won't be tolerated in Hillsborough County."

    All of those arrested and their charges are as follows:

    1.  Curtis Antoinne Hargrove; Black Male; DOB: 4/16/88; Soliciting Another to Commit Prostitution; Hargrove is a Career Criminal.
    2.  Lucio Martinez, Hispanic Male, DOB: 3/25/75; Soliciting Another to Commit Prostitution
    3.  Jawuan Shaquille Hicks; Black Male; DOB: 07/23/93; Soliciting Another to Commit Prostitution
    4.  Brian Hartzler; White Male; DOB: 08/09/1972; Soliciting Another to Commit Prostitution.


     
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