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.
(The officer) reconfirmed with him that she was only 17-years-old while in the hotel room as well." On Friday, Gilliland posted $12,000 bond and was released from jail.
Gilliland, who has a home in Paradise Valley, founded Sunflower Farmers Market grocery chain.
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.
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. Get the best internet news recommended by top internet influencers direct to your inbox in a once-weekly digest, and unsubscribe any time.Get members-only access to internet data and tools, analyze your website and explore how the world uses the internet.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.Martos said solicitation of an adult prostitute is a misdemeanor, but soliciting a minor is a Class 2 felony, which can result in a prison sentence of more than two years.