Five charged with soliciting for prostitutes in Morgan City

Staff Report

Five men were arrested in Morgan City Thursday for soliciting for prostitution after police conducted an undercover operation, Police Chief James Blair said in a news release.
—Brian K. Collins Jr. 37, of Morgan Street in Houma, was arrested at 11:18 a.m. Thursday on the charge of soliciting for prostitution.
—Kenneth Hughes, 54, of North Cherry Street in McComb, Mississippi, was arrested at 6:32 p.m. Thursday on the charge of soliciting for prostitution.
—Russel Midget, 30, of La. 500 in Georgetown, was arrested at 7:14 p.m. Thursday on the charge of soliciting for prostitution.
—Jay Rhodes, 22, of Columbus Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 2:49 p.m. Thursday on the charge of soliciting for prostitution.
—Ronald Hill, 51, of Hillyer Robinson Parkway in Oxford, Alabama, was arrested at 7:53 p.m. Thursday on the charge of soliciting for prostitution.
Collins, Hughes, Midget, Rhodes and Hill were arrested at a motel in Morgan City on charges of soliciting for prostitutes. Detectives conducting an ongoing investigation of online soliciting and human trafficking identified the five suspects during an undercover operation.
The suspects made contact with an undercover officer and later met with the undercover officer at the motel for alleged prostitution. All five were jailed.
Blair reported the following arrests:
—Joseph A. Acosta, 24, of Pecos Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:50 p.m. Thursday on the charge of disturbing the peace.
Officers responded to a state government building on Victor II Boulevard in regard to someone causing a disturbance. Police arrived and saw Acosta shouting at a person in the parking lot and was detained for further investigation.
Police spoke with several witnesses inside the government office who told officers that Acosta had entered the building shouting using profane language.
Acosta was told by employees to leave, but he allegedly continued shouting profane statements towards the employees. Acosta was jailed.
—Nathan D. Chiasson, 27, of Duke Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for failure to appear for arraignment. Chiasson was arrested in city court on a warrant and jailed.
—Harold Turner, 67, of Louisiana Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 10 p.m. Thursday on a warrant charging him with probation violation. Police located Turner on Railroad Avenue and arrested him on a city court warrant. Turner was jailed.
—Peter J. Parrish, 66, of La. 182 in Morgan City, was arrested at 12:51 a.m. Friday on warrants for failure to appear on the charges of hit and run and driving under suspension
Officers located Parrish on Florence Street near La. 182 on city court warrants. Parrish was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 37 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Joshua Dimaggio, 19, of Rose Street in Berwick, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on the charges of simple assault and telephone harassment.
A deputy responded to a complaint of harassment in Berwick and viewed evidence that Dimaggio threatened a female victim’s life via text message and voice mail. Dimaggio was released on a summons to appear in court June 13.
—Cory J. Fernandez, 28, of Terrebonne Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:40 a.m. Friday on the charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and careless operation.
A deputy was dispatched to a complaint of a single vehicle crash in the 900 block of Southeast Boulevard in Bayou Vista. The deputy observed a vehicle in the front yard of the home and located the driver who was identified as Fernandez.
The deputy determined that Fernandez left the roadway, struck a mailbox, entered the resident’s yard and struck a crepe myrtle tree. The deputy observed several indicators of impairment while speaking with Fernandez and conducted a standardized field sobriety test.
Fernandez completed part of the test and performed poorly. Fernandez later registered 0.17 grams-percent blood alcohol concentration on a breath test. He was jailed with no bail set.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported the following arrest:
—Sheryl Textor, 53, of Pluto Street in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 8:43 p.m. Thursday on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Textor posted $1,000 bail.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported no arrests.

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