Dozen arrested in Harris County prostitution sting including a former cop

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HOUSTON – A dozen men were busted after Harris County Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office conducted undercover prostitution sting operation focusing on the Cypresswood Drive/ I-45 area in North Harris County. This was  in response to complaints from the community regarding a high level of prostitution in close proximity to schools, shopping centers and residential areas. The purpose of the sting was to nail “johns” who pay money for sex.

On February 9-10, 2016, undercover investigators posing as street prostitutes were able to make criminal cases on several male “johns” trying to purchase sex or sex-related acts.  The men who were busted come from are all different ages, races and walks of life.

As a result of the investigation,  a total of 12 individuals were arrested and charged with Prostitution, including one individual who had his 4-year-old daughter in the vehicle with him as he attempted to make a sexual transaction.

Also, busted in this case was a former HPD officer. HPD confirms that ,Matthias Elias Dornellien, formerly of the HPD was arrested in this case. He was sworn in May 2009 and resigned in February 2011. He had been assigned to the South Central patrol division.

Constable Mark Herman says, “The businesses and citizens of north Harris County have made it clear that they refuse to just stand by and allow their communities to deteriorate to the point where street level prostitution is looked upon as a normal part of our local society… These types of illegal activities seem to attract other bad elements such as drug dealers and users, thieves and others who would prey upon our local residents.  It will not be overlooked, tolerated or condoned within our local communities where we live and raise our children.”