Five Men Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting, Responded To Boone Police Online Ad

Published Friday, July 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Five men have been arrested and charged by the Boone Police Department with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution. These arrests came as a result of a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels.

On July 2, 2015, Boone Police utilized online advertisements offering prostitution services. In response to these advertisements, the five men were arrested after meeting an undercover police officer and agreeing to pay money in exchange for sexual services.

Each of the arrestees was assigned a $750 secured bond pending an Aug. 21, 2015, appearance in Watauga County District Court. The Boone Police Department was assisted by the Ashe County Sherriff’s Office and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office during this operation.

The arrestees were:

Zeon Walton Painter W/M, 65 years old Apex, NC

Zeon Walton Painter
W/M, 65 years old
Apex, NC

Adam Barrett Johnson W/M, 38 years old Deep Gap, NC

Adam Barrett Johnson
W/M, 38 years old
Deep Gap, NC

Daniel Patricio Trinidad H/M, 26 years old Boone, NC

Daniel Patricio Trinidad
H/M, 26 years old
Boone, NC

James Lee Brown W/M, 54 years old Zionville, NC

James Lee Brown
W/M, 54 years old
Zionville, NC

John Leroy Hawkins W/M, 53 years old Boone, NC

John Leroy Hawkins
W/M, 53 years old
Boone, NC

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