A police chief of a small town in Texas was arrested Wednesday, charged with soliciting prostitution from an individual under 18.
Oak Ridge, Texas, with a population of approximately 500 is roughly 60 miles East of Arlington, a city with almost 400,000 residents.
Thomas Artis Peoples, 55, was arrested Wednesday by Arlington police on the second-degree felony solicitation charge after a juvenile reported him to police, according to a KDFW report. Peoples was subsequently fired by Oak Ridge officials, the report added.
Oak Ridge’s Police Department obtained several policing and security contracts since 2017, including contracts with school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Harris County and the Houston metro area, according to an inForney report.
Peoples was reportedly released from Tarrant County jail after posting a $25,000 bond, according to jail records.
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