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Tuesday, May 01, 2007                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor arrested in prostitution sting

Chattanooga police arrested nine men Friday in a prostitution sting, including the pastor of Ringgold United Methodist Church.

Officers arrested Rev. Steve Moore, 42, in the undercover operation. Moore is also the chaplain of Catoosa County Fire & Rescue.

According to a Chattanooga Vice Department detective who asked to remain anonymous, two female police officers posed as street prostitutes on the 2800 block of Wautauga Street in downtown Chattanooga between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A takedown team waited for the “johns” to solicit sex for money before making the arrests. All of the arrests were audio and videotaped.

Moore was arrested, taken into custody and issued a citation in lieu of arrest. He is charged with patronizing prostitution within a mile and a half of a school. According to police, Moore will have to go to the Hamilton County Jail sometime between May 23 and 25 to be photographed, fingerprinted and issued a court date.

The detective confirmed that the takedown team found a fire chaplain’s uniform in the back of Moore’s car.

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