KAILUA-KONA — Five men were arrested on suspicion of prostitution this week after Hawaii Police Department’s Vice section conducted a sting operation downtown.
One of the men, identified as 30-year-old Timothy Reeves, was charged with prostitution. The other four were released.
The arrests occurred on Wednesday and Thursday at a local hotel. Police officials say suspects offered money for sex to an undercover female officer.
Reeves was the first to be arrested. He was taken into custody at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday. The 30-year-old was also charged with two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug after he was found in possession of methamphetamine.
Corin Foster, 26, of Kailua-Kona, was arrested at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of prostitution for offering a woman money for sex. He was not charged, and was released.
John Stephenson, 28, also of Kailua-Kona, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday on suspicion of prostitution for offering a woman money for sex. He was also not charged and was released.
Two more men were arrested on Thursday, Aubrey McDonald, 33, of Hamakua, and Jose Vilchis, 33, of Honaunau. Both were arrested on suspicion of prostitution for offering a woman money for sex. However, neither were charged and both were released.
Reeves had his initial appearance in 3rd District Court Friday. He was denied a bail reduction, which remains at $4,250. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.