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Friday, 21 April 2017 15:52

Former MATA Chief Pleads Guilty in Prostitution Case

April 21, 2017 – The former chief executive officer of the Memphis Area Transit Authority was placed on six months diversion after pleading guilty plea to charges of patronizing prostitution, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
Ronald Garrison, 60, can petition the General Sessions Criminal Court to have his record cleared of the misdemeanor offense if he abides by terms of the diversion, which includes avoiding any new arrests. Garrison entered an Alford plea or best interest plea which is a guilty plea on the record, but without making an admission of guilt.
He was one of 42 people charged in a three-day human trafficking operation in January by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in which defendants responded to online ads posted by undercover agents posing as prostitutes.
Also involved in the operation were members of the DA’s Office, the Memphis Police Department, Home Security Investigations, FBI, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the nonprofits Restore Corps and End Slavery Tennessee.
The case Friday was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Marie Ford.