Charge reduced for Cameron constable accused in prostitution sting

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

Bossier City, LA (KPLC) - Cameron Parish Ward 4 Constable John P. Stephenson Jr.'s prior charge of soliciting prostitutes was reduced to criminal mischief on Monday by the Bossier City District Attorney's Office, according to Mark Natale, a spokesperson for the Bossier City Police Department.

Stephenson, 51, was arrested May 16 following a police investigation at a Bossier City Hotel. He was one of six accused in the case.

Natale told KPLC that Stephenson had no prior criminal record and a reduction in misdemeanor charges is standard for people with no criminal history.

Natale said on Monday, Stephenson paid a $300 bond that may be used in lieu of appearing at a hearing slated for June 17 in Bossier City.

KSLA-TV in Shreveport reported 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.

Stephenson told KPLC last week that the incident was a "big mishap."

Stephenson said he was in an elevator speaking with a woman before walking into a setup.

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