Law enforcement in Florida has a pretty good track record of nabbing military men when they break up prostitution rings. This week was no exception when Marine Col. Kevin Scott, 51, was arrested in a Polk County Sheriff’s investigation of prostitution and human trafficking.
Scott is on temporary duty assigned to CENTCOM at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He was arrested as part of “Operation No Tricks, No Treats,” in which another 277 people were also arrested.
According to Polk County deputies, Scott, 51, approached an undercover detective shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday and asked for sex in exchange for $80. There was no indication in their report if the undercover agent was male or female.
Scott was driving a rental car paid for by the United States government. Deputies said, “We had to call the government and say, ‘Hey would you like to come get your leased car ’cause your colonel is on the way to the county jail.”
In an attempt to salvage his career, Col. Scott told law enforcement that he was retired and no longer with the Marines. CENTCOM was contacted for further information but their Public Affairs Office referred all questions to the Marines. Good strategy for CENTCOM, the military’s segment in charge of the Middle East which includes Afghanistan, Iraq, Central Asia, and parts of Northern Africa, where four U.S. Special Forces Soldiers were ambushed and killed earlier this month.
Scott was released Tuesday on $500 bond.
“Operation No Tricks, No Treats” was in play Oct.10 -16. For anyone who missed the fun, the Polk County Sheriff’s office will have another operation in place soon. Check Backpage.com for undercover agents posing at hookers.