Houston Criminal Defense Blog

Case 118

Client is a banking executive accused of prostitution. Client responded to an advertisement placed by the HPD Vice Division on an Internet social networking site frequently used for prostitution ads. Client communicated with undercover police officer via text message multiple times prior to meeting the undercover vice officer at a high-end hotel bar. Client and officer engaged in a 41 minute recorded conversation prior to entering the elevator to proceed up to the officer’s room. When client stepped off the elevator, he was immediately arrested for agreeing to sex for a fee. Despite the State having a 41 minute recorded conversation, Skinner challenged the State’s ability to prove an actual agreement to have sex for money had occurred. Although the undercover officer had discussed sex for money repeatedly, Client never agreed aloud to pay a fee for sex. When Skinner and client refused a plea agreement and asked the Court to set the case for trial, the State dismissed the case.