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Friday, 22 March 2019 15:10

Man Convicted in Prostitution Sting

March 22, 2019 – A Knoxville man who was one of 42 suspects arrested in a three-day human-trafficking sting two years ago has been convicted of patronizing prostitution near a school, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A Criminal Court convicted Marin Rykhlov, 41, of the misdemeanor count this week. He faces up to 11 months and 29 days in prison when he is sentenced next month by Judge Jennifer Mitchell.
The sting called “Operation Someone Like Me” was conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit Vice Squad and other agencies at a motel in East Memphis. The sting was one of more than a half dozen held across the state.
Undercover agents posted online ads advertising sexual services and received some 475 responses through texts or phone calls. Thirty-eight men and four women were arrested on prostitution-related charges. Eight men responded and paid to have sex with underage girls.
Authorities said Rykhlov called one undercover decoy who had posted an ad and agreed to pay $80 for sex. When he arrived at the motel room and paid the female decoy, a takedown team monitoring the transaction entered the room and took him into custody.
The case this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Michael McCusker and Paige Munn.