5 arrested in latest prostitution sting in Bradenton

September 6, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Five men, including a local firefighter, were arrested Thursday in an undercover sting targeting prostitution in the city, according to Bradenton police.

The operation was conducted in the 2300 block of 13th Avenue West, "which is a known location for prostitution," police wrote in documents charging the suspects with misdemeanor solicitation.

The men ranged in age from 31 to 54. Police said they were arrested after agreeing to pay an undercover officer for sex.

The oldest man is a firefighter with the North River Fire District. Police said his supervisors had been notified of his arrest.

One of the men was held without bond because he was found to be holding fraudulent immigration documents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will conduct further investigation, police said.

Additionally, officers seized three vehicles under a city ordinance targeting prostitution.

This is the third such operation Bradenton police have conducted in the past month.

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