Police Make Arrests As Part Of Sex Sting Operation

Authorities have arrested an Episcopal priest and six other men as part of a three-month undercover sting centered in Haywood County.

Waynesville police say the seven face charges of exposure and sex solicitation in two city park restrooms.

Investigators say Operation Summer Heat has also resulted in the arrests of five other men and a woman on charges of prostitution,
participating in prostitution of a minor and soliciting prostitution.

Police say the arrests began in June after the suspects responded to an ad on the Craigslist Web site.

Parents had complained to police about activity at park restrooms near a playground and picnic area. Police also got a tip about offers for sex in Waynesville on the Craigslist Web site.