On-duty security guard among 4 charged in Harris Co. sex sting

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An armed, on-duty security guard and three other men were arrested in a prostitution sting recently held in Harris County.

Ramiro Rivera, 48, was working for Texas Counties Patrol Agency when he was arrested in the parking lot he guards.

Jamal Washington, 33, Thomas Dwayne Woods, 23, and Madan Lal, 58, were also arrested and, like Rivera, charged with prostitution.

The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office says the operation to expose "johns" was in response to complaints from the public about prostitution near businesses.

In the sting, investigators posed as prostitutes near FM 1960 W.

Rivera is out of jail on $1,000 bond. Woods and Lal have also made bond at $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Washington remains behind bars.

Constable Mark Herman said in a release to the press, "The businesses and citizens of north Harris County have made it clear that they refuse to just stand by and allow their communities to deteriorate to the point where street level prostitution is looked upon as a normal part of our local society. ... It will not be overlooked, tolerated or condoned within our local communities where we live and raise our children."

To report illegal prostitution or other unlawful activities, go to www.cd4.hctx.net, click on "On-Line Services", and then click on "Regulatory Violation". You can remain anonymous.
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