Matthew Kenty, a Tennessee Tech defensive lineman, was one of 10 people arrested in a recent prostitution sting in Alabama. Kenty is a native of Birmingham, Ala.
According to AL.com, Kenty, 18, is charged with one count of patronizing prostitution, a Class B felony. He is listed as a redshirt freshman on Tennessee Tech’s roster and graduated from Ramsay High School in Birmingham.
The three-day sting operation took place in February and utilized female Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) agents posing as “Women Seeking Men” on backpage.com. The agents reportedly identified themselves as between the ages of 14 and 17 years old.
A total of 10 men “from college students, to a mail carrier, to a landscaping company owner, traveled to the location to meet for the purpose of illicit sex from a female they believed to be a minor.”
Here are more details courtesy of AL.com.
The operation took place in Tennessee’s Putman County and was carried out by the TBI, Office of the 13th District Attorney General, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations, according to a press release. The initiative targeted individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.
“With each similar operation we conduct, we want to send the same message; that we will not tolerate the sexual exploitation of any person in our community,” TBI Acting Director Jason Locke said in a prepared statement. “This is a demand-driven crime, involving men from all kinds of backgrounds. As a state, Tennessee has led the fight to see to it that no child or adult falls victim to these sexual predators.”
Obviously, this isn’t a good situation for Kenty to be caught up in. One has to wonder if his career at Tennessee Tech is in jeopardy.
You can read the full list of those arrested, as well as the TBI’s recap of the operation, here.