An MTSU student was arrested for soliciting a prostitute at the Baymont Inn and Suites at 2230 Armory Drive on Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old freshman was found in the restroom of a room being used by a 26-year-old woman who had previously identified herself to the arresting officer as a prostitute, according to a Murfreesbro police report.
Although he and the woman did not have sex, a condom was found in the trash can that the man admitted to putting on. A search of both individuals’ cell phones revealed a conversation in which the woman asked him to bring condoms.
The man’s phone also had “several similar text messages between he and other individuals inquiring about their services,” the report said.
The man told police he got in contact with the woman through the website Backpages.com.
The previous day, the arresting officer had met the woman when responding to a 911 hang-up call from her room at the Baymont Inn. She told him that a man had met her and agreed to pay $100 to have sex with her, but then refused to pay, and refused to leave.
The woman admitted to being involved in prostitution since she was 18, and said she was traveling the country conducting business. The officer told her that he would not arrest her, but that she should stop working in Murfreesboro.
She also told the officer she posts ads on Backpage.com.
After learning that the woman posted another ad on Backpage, the officer sat in the parking lot and watched the hotel room. At around 1:59 p.m., he saw a man enter the room. He waited approximately 12 minutes then knocked on the door.
The woman said she had an “addiction to prostitution” and enjoyed the sex, rush and money that came with the job. The officer found $743, all of which she said she had made since she got to Murfreesboro Sunday, as well as e-books about escort services.
The man was placed into custody for patronizing prostitution and the woman was arrested for promoting prostitution. The money she made was seized as evidence.
The man is currently being held at RSCO on $1500 bond.
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