Prostitution sting nabs EMT, sheriff’s employee and school teacher
A local prostitution sting earlier this month caught 46 suspects, mostly men trying to buy sex, including a local teacher, a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office employee and an on-duty EMT who sought out sex with a 15 year old.
Authorities have dubbed the multi-agency operation “Blue Ice,” saying local federal, sheriff’s, and police officials were involved.On January 11 Bexar County sheriff’s deputies spent hours posing as prostitutes somewhere on the South Side trying to catch johns, officials said. They also used websites like Backpage.com and eccie.com, sometimes posing as underage girls to arrange faux encounters with unsuspecting sex-seekers. Officials also used the websites to pose as johns looking for a hookup. Warrants were issued for five women who are accused of posting sex ads.
Salvador Ortiz, 36, was among those arrested trying to buy sex from an undercover deputy. Up until his arrest, Ortiz worked the front desk at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. Stinson Middle School social studies teacher Douglas Allen Grant, 47, was also arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution.
Officials also issued one arrest warrant for criminal solicitation of a minor and another for attempted trafficking of a minor. They charge that EMT Christopher Bednarz, 32, specifically tried to buy sex with a 15-year-old girl from an undercover officer while he was on the clock. – Michael Barajas