14 men, including North Texas fire chief, arrested in Denton County prostitution operation

Fourteen men, including a North Texas fire chief, were arrested Thursday on solicitation charges in a prostitution sting, according to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrests were made during the Lewisville operation for allegedly attempting to purchase sexual favors for money, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Those arrested were each charged with solicitation of prostitution, a state felony.

The 13 men arrested, in addition to Highland Village Fire Chief Jason Collier, were:

  • Michael Allman of Lewisville

  • Bryson Brown of Salisbury, North Carolina

  • Robert Busch of Denton

  • Kashyapsinh Chauhan of Arlington

  • Ricky Davis of Carrollton

  • Donald Ford of Frisco

  • James Hiatt of Lewisville

  • James Jackson of Lewisville

  • Jakari Jackson of Lewisville

  • Victor Matute of Denton

  • Demetrio Santiago Gutierrez of Whitesboro

  • Javier Trinidad of Lewisville

  • Abin Varghese of Carrollton

Fire chief Collier was also charged with resisting arrest, according to the release.

Collier resigned from his position on Saturday, the city said. He had been placed on paid administrative leave Thursday pending an investigation per city of Highland Village personnel policies, the city told Star-Telegram media partner WFAA-TV.

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The Tarrant County and Grayson County sheriff’s offices, Lewisville police, Arlington police, and Argyle police assisted Denton County in the operation.