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Four arrested in prostitution sting

Posted: July 28, 2015 5:18 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Four men -- two from Lugoff, one from McBee and one from Sumter -- were arrested Friday in a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) prostitution sting in Lugoff.

According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested and charged Corey James Gripper, 44, of Lugoff; Antonio Adrian Perez, 34, also of Lugoff; Quinton Jamal Shaw, 28, from Sumter; and Lucious Levon Green, 51, of McBee, each with solicitation of prostitution.

KCSO deputies conducted an “online” undercover operation in which numerous male subjects contacted an undercover officer by phone and text message to meet at a Lugoff hotel for paid sexual favors. Each of the men and the undercover deputy made arrangements which, ultimately, led to the men meeting an undercover female deputy and soliciting her for various sexual acts. A surveillance and arrest team, stationed nearby, took the suspects into custody without any resistance, according to the press release.

A first offense of solicitation of prostitution is a $200 fine or 30 days in jail. Deputies took Gripper, Perez, Shaw and Green to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they all posted bond and were released.

The KCSO reported Gripper has previous arrests for failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, multiple counts of distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, receiving stolen goods, possession of a stolen vehicle and multiple traffic offenses.

Perez has multiple traffic offenses, while Shaw has previous arrests for second-degree assault and battery and criminal domestic violence. 

Green has been previously arrested for assault and battery, solicitation of prostitution and fraudulent checks.

“While the penalty for solicitation of prostitution is minimal, for some of these men the repercussions when they get home might be more severe,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “We will be doing this kind of operation again in the future.”

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