A senior Pentagon official was arrested in a human trafficking sting operation conducted in Coweta County, Georgia.
The suspect, Stephen Hovanic, 64, the chief of staff for the Americas division of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has been placed on leave.
As chief of staff for the Americas Division of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), he oversaw the education of tens of thousands of children dependent on the armed forces.
Hovanic was among twenty-six individuals apprehended during the covert sex operation, FOX 5 in Atlanta reported.
According to the sheriff’s office of Coweta County, Hovanic and an undercover deputy at a motel on November 15.
During his arrest, he stated he was receiving a massage at the motel. According to deputies, his interaction with the undercover deputy calls that claim into question.
Hovanic, according to deputies, removed his sunglasses and placed them next to a package of condoms that investigators had staged in the room as he entered.
Hovanic was charged with pandering, a misdemeanor solicitation of sexual service, by deputies.
The military publication Stars and Stripes states that the DoDEA is notified of the charge, and the individual in question is on leave.
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