Former Millersville police chief resigns amid prostitution bust

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FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) – The former chief of the Millersville Police Department and now-former Fairview reserve officer has resigned from his position after a prostitution bust.

Metro police told News 2 Ronnie Williams, 57, was arrested Monday night and issued a state misdemeanor citation for patronizing prostitution. The chief of Fairview police told News 2 he had just been hired full-time that same day when he resigned a short time later.

His citation came after undercover officers were doing prostitution enforcement and one answered a Backpage.com ad posted by a 23-year-old woman from Raleigh, North Carolina.

The woman was at a motel located at 97 Wallace Road near I-24 and Harding Place.

As officers were issuing her a misdemeanor citation for prostitution, police say a message responding to her still-posted Backpage.com ad popped up. That person then arrived to the motel while officers were still there charging her.

The man, later identified as 57-year-old Williams, allegedly agreed to pay $120 for sex and had $120 in cash in his front pocket when he arrived.

Williams was then issued the patronizing prostitution citation. He has until March 1 to turn himself in for booking.

Police said the woman also has until March 1st to turn herself in on her charge.

Metro police also told News 2 Williams was the only potential customer arrested in connection with the woman on Monday.

He called News 2’s Andy Cordan Wednesday to say he did answer the Backpage ad but “was not planning to have sex.” Williams said he has a bad back and looked to get a massage.

“It was stupid on my part,” Williams added.

The former Fairview reserve officer was among several involved in the city’s first-ever prostitution sting operation, during which the officers set up fake ads and arrested men who responded.

 

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