Texas officials say the district chief was among the dozen people arrested in a covert prostitution sting.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the Organized Crime Division, in partnership with the Human Trafficking and Rescue Alliance (HTRA), conducted a sting operation at a local hotel Wednesday night.
A total of 14 suspects were arrested for soliciting prostitution, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Solicitation of prostitutes is a felony in state prisons, the sheriff’s office said. Harris is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail.
FOX 26 reported, citing the constable’s office, that Harris had since been released from duty.
“We hold our agents to the highest standards,” Fifth Precinct Constable Ted Heap told the outlet, adding that Harris’ dismissal “will take effect immediately.”
“We are sending the message that we will not tolerate this activity in our community. We will arrest and prosecute those involved in this illegal activity,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a news release. We will also continue to identify those who have been forced into trafficking by getting them out of their situations and connecting them to services that will help them recover.”