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Over a dozen charged in Clayton sting

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police have released the names of 14 people arrested during a prostitution sting in the area of Old Dixie Highway near Interstate 75.

Police Lt. Rebecca Brown, a spokesperson for the department, said two juveniles were also among those charged during the sting Friday night.

All of those arrested in the operation were charged with pandering, Brown said, with some also facing other charges.

The adults were taken to the Clayton County Jail, according to Brown.

The sting, which lasted approximately seven hours, involved three undercover, female police officers posing as prostitutes, according to Officer Kevin Hughes, also a police spokesperson.

Michael Allen, 27, of East Point, was charged with pandering, an open container violation, and a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.

Esteban Huitron-Barajas, 31, of Jonesboro, was charged with pandering and driving without a license.

Tracy Pye, 42, of Jonesboro, was charged with pandering, obstruction and driving with a suspended license.

Charles White, 47, of Atlanta, was charged with pandering and no insurance.

Also charged with pandering were: Jesus Avalos-Victor, 20, of Riverdale; Jason Brooks, 22, of Jonesboro; Darren Callahan, 46, of Jonesboro; Allen Green, 41, of Jonesboro; Jose Mancera, 32, of Griffin; Bobby Matthews, 31, of Mississippi; Barron McClain, 22, of Forest Park; Jeremy Mills, 29, of Locust Grove; Narcisco Rujas, 29, of Jonesboro; and Santos Rodriquez, 33, of Forest Park.

A 16-year-old faces a pandering charge, and a 15-year-old was arrested for pandering and driving without a license, Brown said.

The penalty for pandering could be up to a $1,000 fine, or up to 12 months in jail, or both, according to Hughes.