COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Ohio State University defensive lineman Adolphus Washington has been suspended by coach Urban Meyer from playing in the upcoming Fiesta Bowl.
Court documents show Washington was cited for solicitation after answering an ad on backpage.com during an undercover sting operation by vice officers .
According to police reports, Washington contacted undercover officers during a sting operation at the Extended Stay America hotel in the 7400 block of High Cross Boulevard.
The report states that Washington made contact with officers after they had placed an ad on backpage.com and asked for the address to come visit.
When Washington arrived at the hotel, police said he offered the officer $100 dollars for a sexual act, and that’s when he was detained.
Washington faces a misdemeanor charge of solicitation and is expected in court December 17.
Meyer released the following statement :
Senior Adolphus Washington will be suspended from playing in Ohio State’s upcoming bowl game for violating team policy.”
Senior Assistant City Attorney Bill Sperlazza says stopping prostitution in Columbus has been a priority for law enforcement.
Sperlazza would not comment on Washington’s specific investigation, but did say officers were focusing on johns rather prostitutes in recent investigations. “We do believe the John’s play as much of a role, if not more in the problem because they are creating the demand. if we can cut off the demand, we can cut up cut off as much of a problem,” he said.
Sperlazza also said johns should realize that there are consequences for all the parties involved in prostitution. “I hope they will think twice because I know the city of Columbus and law-enforcement is out pursuing, but they should also know that the woman they might be visiting could very well be a victim of human trafficking and that is something we don’t tolerate in our city.”