- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The former CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority has pleaded not guilty to a prostitution charge.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://memne.ws/2nJ1Vcm) that Ronald Garrison appeared in Shelby County court on Wednesday on a charge of patronizing prostitution near a church or school. His attorney Milton Magee said Garrison entered a plea of not guilty.

Authorities said in January that Garrison was one of more than 40 people arrested in the city on prostitution-related charges as part of a sting operation.

State investigators said those charged were among hundreds who responded to prostitution-related advertisements on Backpage.com. Eight men tried to buy sex from a minor.

Garrison’s charge reportedly involves an adult.

More than 200 people have been swept up in the operation in Tennessee since 2015.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com


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