|BARTOW — A Deputy Police Chief from Georgia was arrested in Polk County recently, and is now facing charges of having solicited a prostitute.|
|On Thursday, Sept. 1, detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason DiPrima of Kingston, Georgia on charges of Soliciting a Prostitute, a misdemeanor. DiPrima is the Deputy Chief of Police Administration for the Cartersville Police Department. |
According to the arresting detectives, DiPrima was in Orlando attending an American Polygraph Association seminar.
Why was this Deputy Police Chief arrested?
According to Alicia Manautou, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, on Aug. 31, “DiPrima responded to an online escort advertisement and began a conversation with an undercover detective by asking ‘Are you available tonight’ and ‘I’d like to come see you — What is your rate?'”
Manautou noted that “During the online communication, DiPrima agreed to engage in sexual activities with the undercover detective, but then told the detective ‘I got spooked,’ and asked to see her the next night. The next day, DiPrima re-initiated the online communication with the undercover detective, and agreed to come to an undisclosed location to meet the detective.”
Initially, Manautou noted in her report, DiPrime “agreed to pay the undercover detective $120 for a half hour of ‘full service’ sex. When he arrived at the undisclosed location, he confirmed the arrangement by giving the undercover detective $180 and a multi-pack of White Claw Hard Seltzer.”
DiPrima was arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail. He was released after paying a $500 bond.
The Cartersville Police Department was notified of the arrest, which was part of a week-long human trafficking undercover operation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies.
The operation was intended to “identify those involved in human trafficking and arrest those who procure and engage in prostitution,” Manautou noted.
“The online prostitution industry enables traffickers and allows for the continued victimization of those who are being trafficked,” Polk Sheriff Grady Judd noted. “Our goal is to identify victims, offer them help, and arrest those who are fueling the exploitation of human beings (Johns) and those profiting from the exploitation of human beings.”
In total, 160 people were arrested during the sting. “Prostitution is not a victimless crime – it results in exploitation, disease, dysfunction, drug and alcohol addiction, violence, and broken families,” Judd noted.
Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.