Cameron constable facing charge in prostitution sting in Bossier City

John P. Stephenson Jr. (Source: Bossier City Police Department)
John P. Stephenson Jr. (Source: Bossier City Police Department)

Bossier City, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man is facing a charge of soliciting for prostitutes stemming from a police investigation at a Bossier City hotel, according to KSLA-TV in Shreveport.

Bossier authorities arrested six people, including 51-year-old John P. Stephenson Jr., of Lake Charles, on May 16.

Stephenson is a constable in Ward 4 in Cameron Parish.

KSLA-TV reports that according to Bossier authorities, the operation was conducted with the assistance of the Shreveport Police Department and involved officers working undercover posing as prostitutes and as persons soliciting prostitution.

KPLC was able to speak to Stephenson on Monday. According to Stephenson, the arrest and subsequent charge are a "big mishap."

Stephenson said he was in an elevator talking with a woman before walking into a setup. He said he is working to rectify the issue.

Also arrested in the investigation, according to KSLA-TV, were:

-- Joshua K. Baker, 27, of Houston, Texas. He was booked on charges of human trafficking and resisting with force. An investigation found Baker transported two suspected prostitutes to multiple cities in Texas and Louisiana for the purpose of having them perform sex for money. He also fought with officers as they attempted to place him in custody;
-- Jeffery G. Chesshir, 48, of Taylor, AR - soliciting for prostitutes;
-- Danny R. Evans, 48, of Shreveport, LA - soliciting for prostitutes;
-- Matthew Smith Jr., 42, of Longview, TX - soliciting for prostitutes; and
-- Enedriaa Flowers, 19, of San Antonio, TX - prostitution.

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