Wednesday, an undercover officer went to his home to investigate. Police say during the encounter, Horton performed a sexual act on the officer in exchange for money.
Horton was then arrested on a preliminary charge of prostitution. A search warrant was obtained for his home.
During the search of his home, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized in addition to a number of digital media storage devices, a cell phone and computer hard drive, police say.
Horton faces preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor and prostitution, a class A misdemeanor.The report doesn't state the gender of the undercover police officer or the sex act that was performed. A Fox59 News story reports the same facts here. Neither of the reports questioned the methods used by police. Am I missing something? Is it now standard operating procedure that undercover vice officers are allowed to have sex with their targets?
UPDATE: The Star's Kristine Guerra probes a little more deeply into the Carmel police's methods. Just a brief touching of the undercover officer's genitals occurred police say:
“What we run into these days is that a lot of educated prostitutes know and shy away from any type of verbal agreement for a sex act,” Dietz said. “This was the same. We tried to get a verbal agreement, but the defendant said, ‘It’s prostitution. I can’t do that.’ ”
In this case, Dietz said, Horton was arrested immediately after he touched the officer’s genitals.
“The defendant touched and that was the end of it,” he said. “There’s no length of time. As soon as it happened, we made an arrest.”
Officers also conducted surveillance outside Horton’s house. What they found, Dietz said, is an unusually high number of men in their 40s and 50s arriving and leaving throughout the day. He said the men usually stayed there for about 45 minutes to an hour . . .
Last May, six people were arrested after detectives raided two Hamilton and Boone County spas. Before the arrests, undercover officers spent several months going to the spas. Police said female employees massaged and fondled the officers. Dietz said the methods were necessary to shut down a sophisticated prostitution ring.
Legal and law-enforcement experts and women’s advocates criticized the detectives’ methods, saying they were excessive, unnecessary and, in some ways, exploit the women involved. The experts said prostitutes can be arrested and charged in Indiana as soon as an agreement to pay for a sex act was made.