80. Sanford cops: Alleged chicken dinner for sex with undercover officer posing as a prostitute lands man in jail

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Sanford cops say Steve Torres tried to barter chicken for sex / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Steven Torres of Melbourne is shown in this booking mug with his arrest in an undercover sex sting Nov. 6, 2014, by Sanford PD.
 

SANFORD, Fla. -- A man who was cash-strapped offered an undercover woman police officer posing as a prostitute a chicken dinner and $3 in exchange for sex during a sting in early November, Sanford cop said.

Of the seven men arrested in the sex sting, the offer by 32-year-old Steven Torres of Melbourne was the lone barter offer leading to his arrest for solicitation of sex, police said.

The chicken for sex offer comes in at No. 80 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

Here's a synopsis of what happened as described by Sanford cops leading to the Nov. 6 arrest: The undercover policewoman posing as a prostitute officer near South 27th Street and South Orlando Drive, was approached by Torres who allegedly agreed agreed to exchange a chicken dinner and $3 for sex, which of course, led to his arrest and brief incarceration before he posted bail. 

Here's a synopsis of what happened as described by Sanford cops leading to the Nov. 6 arrest: The undercover policewoman posing as a prostitute officer near South 27th Street and South Orlando Drive, was approached by Torres who allegedly agreed agreed to exchange a chicken dinner and $3 for sex, which of course, led to his arrest and brief incarceration before he posted bail. 

The others arrested in the prosecution sting by Sanford cops were as follows:

• Ronald Barker, 67, Winter Springs;

• Christopher Butler, 34, DeBary;

• Tarance Carr, 45, Sanford;

• Troy Cuff, 38, Ocoee;

• Thomas Ham, 57, Lake Mary;

• Antonio Perez Toma, 36, Sanford.

"This sting is part of the Sanford Police Department's ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life for Sanford residents by going after not only those who sell sex but those who solicit sex as well," Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said.

 

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