WACO, Texas (KWTX) McLennan County investigators arrested more than 40 people locally including a now former Baylor assistant football coach in a sting that was part of a national effort to reduce sex trafficking that coincided with the Super Bowl, authorities announced Wednesday.
The National Johns Suppression Initiative ran from Jan. 8 through Feb. 5, which was Super Bowl Sunday.
“We’ve seized a lot of money. We’ve seized cars and we intend to keep the heat turned up on these people, especially these traffickers that are trafficking in young children,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Wednesday.
“We want to keep the heat turned up and hopefully we’ll have one of these stings one day and nobody will show up,” he said.
Former Baylor assistant strength coach Brandon Washington, 33, was among those snared in the sting.
He was arrested on Feb. 4 at a Waco motel.
Deputies said he was trying to meet who he thought was a prostitute he met online.
Baylor terminated him later on the same day.
Former Baylor Bears Defensive Back Justin Barnes was also arrested in the sting.