On Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:00pm, the Corpus Christi Police Department working in conjunction with the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office and several non-profit community partners continued with their prostitution diversion initiative called “Red Cord.”
The community partners consist of the Coastal Bend WELLNESS Foundation, C2 Counseling, I Am Blue Nation, Men’s and Women’s Health Clinic, Metro Ministries, the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, Nueces County Health Department, the Rock City Church, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. These agencies will provide service which range from Advocacy, Case Reviews, Child Welfare Checks, Clothing, Counseling, Drug Treatment, Food, Sexual Health Education, Short Term Housing, and STD Screening.
The Narcotics Vice Investigations Division conducted a “Jane Sting” in the Adam and Delta District areas of the City. Once an arrest was made, the arrested individual was taken to the Corpus Christi Police Department where an Assistant District Attorney reviewed the individuals criminal history to determine if they were eligible to participate in the “Red Cord” program.
If the offender was deemed eligible for the program they were offered various services by several partner agencies. The services such as substance abuse treatment, health evaluation and treatment, mental health evaluation and treatment, job skills programs, education programs as well as temporary housing are provided by the non-profit partners at no cost to the offenders.
If the offender agreed to participate in the program, the prosecution of the prostitution charge is deferred pending successful completion of the program. Once, the defendant successfully completes the program the prostitution charge will be dismissed. Should the offender fail to comply with the program and not complete it successfully, they will be prosecuted on the original charge.
Defendants who did not qualify for the Red Cord program as result of their criminal history will still be offered services that will assist them in exiting their destructive life style. Two offenders qualified for the program and agreed to participate.
It is the belief of the Corpus Christi Police Department as well as our collaborative partners that it is extremely important that we work to assist these individuals in overcoming the numerous issues that have led them to be caught in a cycle of abuse and victimization. It is our strong belief that provided with the appropriate treatment and support some of these individuals can overcome their destructive life style and become productive members of our society.
The following women were arrested during the operation:
Margaret Ann Knight (10/29/63) was charged with Prostitution 3rd or More (SJF) ~ #1311150098
Michelle Pena (08/07/72) was charged with Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150104
Ashley Nicole Rodriguez (06/15/88) was charged Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150100
Monica Dominguez (05/13/82) was charged with Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150103
Alicia Garcia (07/09/81) was charged with Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150107
Avery April Flores (07/09/81)was charged with Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150110
Elizabeth Robles (06/22/79) was charged with Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150114
Amber Thomas (0/04/84) was charged with Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150119
Patricia Hernandez (03/05/71) was charged with Prostitution (BM) ~ #1311150142
A State Jail Felony (SJF) is punishable by up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine, while the Class “B” Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days and a $2,000 fine.