BREAKING: 12 charged in undercover prostitution sting in Dyersburg


DYERSBURG, Tenn. — A dozen men face prostitution-related charges after an undercover investigation in Dyersburg.

The two-day operation, called “Operation Someone Like Me,” took place this week and focused on identifying potential victims of human trafficking while targeting those attempting to purchase illicit sex, according to a release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Agents posted three online ads each day, making 197 unique contacts and resulting in 12 men responding to the ads and attempting to purchase sex from a prostitute, according to the release.

Undercover agents reportedly exchanged over 4,000 messages with potential johns/traffickers.

Ten were given citations and two were arrested. Those charged include:

James Booth, left, and Michael Wilder

Ricky Green, 53, of Sharon, patronizing prostitution
Nick Hayes, 34, of Tiptonville, patronizing prostitution
John Leddy, 41, of Enville, patronizing prostitution
Brad Hobbs, 36, of Kenton, patronizing prostitution
James Boothe, 37, of Memphis, promoting prostitution of a minor, promoting prostitution of an adult, misdemeanor drug possession. $100,000 bond.
Michael Wilder, 38, of Rienzi, Miss., patronizing prostitution. Held on warrant out of Mississippi for parole violation. $35,000 bond.
Chris Sherron, 28, of Dyersburg, patronizing prostitution
William Kirk, 53, of Memphis, patronizing prostitution
Quinton Kimble, 35, of Union City, patronizing prostitution
Jeremy Gattis, 30, of Trenton, patronizing prostitution
Joseph Bradley, 26, of Newbern, patronizing prostitution
Jeffrey Gillette, 56, of Columbus, Ohio, patronizing prostitution