Eastlake City Council President John Meyers has been charged with solicitation, a third-degree misdemeanor, in connection with a Lake County human trafficking sting. Records for the case were not immediately available, but the 47-year-old reportedly received a summons through Willoughby Municipal Court.
On Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Yost spoke with 3News about the sting, and the task force's work in stopping human trafficking.
"The message is don't buy sex in Ohio," he said, though he did not comment on the Eastlake situation specifically. "If you are buying sex in Ohio, you should be aware we’ve got highly skilled investigators who are looking for you, they’re going to find you, and you’re going to be prosecuted, and rest assured, everybody in your community is going to know what you did."
Yost noted his Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force worked with both the Wickliffe Police Department and Lake County Sheriff's Office in this operation. In addition to the suspects, authorities say they also identified four potential victims of human trafficking, who were offered social services.
"We're going to make our communities as safe as we can by pursuing the people that are funding this modern day slavery," Yost said.