Dating on the cheap
Since his arrest, he resigned from his position its chief executive.
A company news release said Gilliland has said he believes he is not guilty and expects to be exonerated.
In the sting, undercover female officers posed as juvenile prostitutes, having advertised on a website carrying scores of ads for "escorts" and "body rubs." Court documents say that at about p.m., Gilliland answered an online ad and spoke with an undercover officer who "told him she was actually 17 years old." The officer "also told Gilliland to bring cigarettes because she was too young to purchase them and the store would not take her fake I.
D." The documents say "a short time later Gilliland arrived at the hotel and had a conversation (with the undercover officer) where he agreed to pay her 0 for sex.
Now, an online ad with a photo of a man or woman and text thinly disguising the offering of sexual favors might have been placed by a police agency.
According to court documents, Phoenix police vice-enforcement officers last week were working an undercover online sting at a hotel in the 9600 block of North Black Canyon Freeway.
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Phoenix police are using a variety of investigative techniques, including using online advertising, in their efforts to stop child prostitution, spokesman Sgt. "Last week's investigation was of this sort and netted eight arrests, one of them Mr. Police say Gilliland, 52, offered 0 for sex to a female who had twice told him she was 17. Others arrested in the sting were identified by authorities as Rudy Burns, Phillip Dominguez, Anthony Meisner, Brandon Murillo, Jose Rodriguez Pacheco, Travis Russell and Sheldon Yazzie.
(The officer) reconfirmed with him that she was only 17-years-old while in the hotel room as well." On Friday, Gilliland posted ,000 bond and was released from jail.
Gilliland, who has a home in Paradise Valley, founded Sunflower Farmers Market grocery chain.
Previously, police did most prostitution stings on the streets.
With the advent of the Internet and the ability of prostitutes to advertise online, authorities have had to keep up with the times.