Friday, April 21, 2017

Former MATA Chief Pleads Guilty on Prostitution Charge

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM

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Ron Garrison, the former CEO at Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), pled guilty on an Alford plea Friday to charges of prostitution.

Garrison was one of 42 people charged in a three-day sting on human trafficking in Memphis in January. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) ran the sting in which those caught responded to online ads posted by undercover agents posing as prostitutes.

Garrison, 60, was placed on six months diversion for the charge, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

That means he can have his record cleared of the prostitution offense if he avoids any new arrests and other terms of the diversion agreement.

The Alford plea is a guilty plea on the record but without making an admission of guilt.

Garrison left his post as MATA CEO immediately following his arrest.

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