While most people are aware that soliciting a prostitute is a crime, there are many other possible repercussions that could follow a criminal arrest. The state may hand down penalties such as fines and jail time, but it is the negative public impression of prostitution that may result in longer term negative effects. Apart from the family and public shame involved, those caught soliciting prostitutes may even risk losing their jobs.
Prostitution has been called the world's oldest profession. An NFL Network analyst is surely one of the world's newer professions. When individuals from these two professions come together, it is the football analyst who will lose their livelihood. Football legend Warren Sappfound this out the hard way following his arrest in Phoenix, Arizona for solicitation and assault. Sapp had been a network analyst for the NFL since 2008. He was in Arizona for the Super Bowl when he was arrested, admitting to involvement in the act of prostitution. According to the NFL Network, Sapp has been given his walking papers. Two other companies with endorsement deals with Sapp, Bud Light and mouthpiece company ZYPPAH have also dropped him as a spokesperson.
While broadcasting companies appear to have a negative view of prostitution and the customers who solicit their services, the sportscasters themselves may not be so resistant. Former NBA player and CBS sportscaster, Greg Anthony, has recently been suspended following his arrest for soliciting a prostitute. Anthony was caught in a Washington D.C. hotel following an undercover police operation targeting prostitution. Both CBS and Turner Sports have turned away from Anthony, who admitted to a "lapse of judgement."
The police commonly use undercover sting operations to arrest people for soliciting prostitutes. However, on some occasions the police officers are the ones who find themselves in hot water for their dealings with prostitutes. A South Carolina police officer was fired after he was caught with a 17-year-old known prostitute. He fled the scene in his patrol car, but was found a few blocks away, with surveillance video sufficient to lead to his firing.
Another officer in Florida was fired after his arrest for alleged sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. The Ocala police officer may have thought his dalliance with the underaged girl would only cost him the $20 he paid her, but instead he has to deal not only the loss of his job but serious criminal charges. The officer admitted to sex with the girl, and knowledge that she was under 18. He now faces charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
A police chief in California was arrested after failing to take action after one of his officers had an embarrassing interaction with a prostitute. A police sergeant was a little too trusting of the prostitute he'd had an evening with, and had his gun, badge, handcuffs and ammunition stolen by the prostitute while he slept. The police chief let the sergeant stay on active duty for months following the prostitution theft, which played a part in the city's board firing the chief.
Perhaps more disturbing than police involvement with prostitutes is when school officials are involve in sex for a fee. William Gierke was a Florida high school dean, until he made the decision to contact an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute on Backpage.com. Gierke allegedly agreed to meet at a hotel, to have sex with two girls. He was instead met by police officers who arrested the dean for soliciting prostitution.