A prostitution sting snared 30 people — including a Dayton pastor and two Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees.
Lt. Col. James Forrest Kennedy, 43, was arrested around noon in the 400 block of East Helena Street. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of soliciting, loitering and possessing criminal tools. Also arrested during the sting was Byron Meacham. A base spokeswoman confirmed Friday that both men are employed at the base, but declined to disclose their duties.
A third person arrested during the prostitution sting is Tim Biggers, 44, on suspicion of possessing criminal tools, a misdemeanor. He is the pastor of New Vision Church of God on Home Avenue in Dayton.
Biggers responded to an online advertisement for sex, and had credentials with him that said he was a minister, said Dayton police Sgt. Chris Fischer.
Church leaders had no comment Friday.
Police say their prostitution stings are an equal opportunity event, meaning they never know who their operation will sweep into their nets. In two weeks, they made 30 arrests.
“In conjunction with March Madness there are a lot of out-of-towners that come in and med demanding commercial sex, so we addressed street prostitution as well as Internet prostitution,” Fischer said.
Undercover officers targeted both Johns and prostitutes. If convicted, the suspects would have to attend “John” school.
“It educates them why not to do it again,” Fischer said. “A lot of the excuses are ‘I’m having problems at home,’ ‘Oh, I didn’t think anything bad about it.’ That’s partly maybe our fault. We need to educate the public that prostitution is wrong. It’s a crime.”