By: Kara Duffy
February 12, 2014
Moultrie, GA- Sergeant Daniel Lindsay, the supervisor of the Crime Suppression Unit with the Moultrie Police Department, says it all started after residents complained about possible prostitution in their neighborhoods.
"We understood we had received the complaints and we were going to look into it, but it actually was more prevalent than we had first thought," Sergeant Lindsay said.
With a few clicks of a mouse, Lindsay and others from the Crime Suppression team found dozens of ads posted on sites like Craigslist and Backpage.
"We came across some ads that were male for male prostitution type ads; some of them we answered just to see if they were prostituted related," Lindsay added.
One of the ads they answered led them to Riddick West, a former Thomas University Administrator.
"We exchanged text messages with him, we agreed on a sex for money encounter with an undercover officer," Lindsay said. "Mr. West never showed for his meeting. We presented our case to the Colquitt County Magistrates where a warrant was issued for him for solicitation of sodomy."
Over the past few weeks, several other people have been arrested on prostitution charges after exchanging messages with the undercover officers.
"We answered some of those ads, set up a meeting and some of the prostitutes were arrested when they showed up for their meeting," Lindsay said.
Sergeant Lindsay says the Crime Suppression Unit will not tolerate this type of activity in Moultrie.
"We're going to continue to monitor these sites and ensure that this type of activity is not going on in our community."