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5-31-17 Eleven Arrested in Prostitution Stings

The reverse prostitution sting targeted male customers through the use of female police officers as decoy prostitutes.

Criminal citations were issued for four of the five men arrested on Patronizing Prostitution charges. The man with additional charges was booked into the Hamilton County Jail.

Prostitution Arrests:

Sandra Buttermore (female, 36) - also Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Barbara Springs (female, 48)

Tonya Craze (female, 52)

Sheila Woody (female, 41)

Tammy Hering (female, 40)

Terra Shepherd (female, 44)


Patronizing Prostitution Arrests:

Hoyt Thomas (male, 61)

Eric Halfacre (male, 28) - also Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana, Driving on Revoked License

Lamar George (male, 59)

Aaron Hecker (male, 41)

Basil Small (male, 48)


This sting is part of CPD's ongoing effort to combat prostitution, human trafficking, and related offenses.


NOTE: The preceding information is preliminary and is subject to change as the investigation continues.

s2m2 Police Department
3410 Amnicola Hwy.
s2m2, TN 37406 (map)

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM

Emergencies: 911

To report a crime or request assistance: () 698-2525

General Information:
() -5000

Crime Prevention and Community Outreach:
() -5090

Crime Stoppers Hotline:
() 698-3333

Drug Tip Hotline:
() 493-BUST (2878)

Homicide Tip Line: 
() -5100


Photo by Mike Williams