On September 21, 2022, at around 8:00 pm The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit in cooperation with Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HRA), conducted an undercover sting operation at a local hotel resulting in the arrest of fourteen suspects for Solicitation of Prostitution.
Among the fourteen suspects arrested, one of the males was identified as Brian Harris, who was employed at Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office as their Assistant Chief Deputy. Brian Harris was arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution which is a State Jail Felony.
Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap said Thursday that Precinct 5 Deputy Chief Brian Harris, a longtime law enforcement officer in Southeast Texas, had been terminated. Harris, age 57. According to Harris’ LinkedIn page, he had first worked as a police officer in Port Aransas in the late 1980s and early 1990s before working as a deputy for the Precinct 5 constable’s office for a short period of time. He later worked as a homicide detective for the Houston Police Department and retired as a Captain after 31 years in law enforcement. He was also an instructor for the FBI National Academy as well as a public speaker, according to his LinkedIn page.
The Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance is a multi-agency task force comprised of Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement from our region whose mission is to rescue victims of human trafficking and stop people from engaging in activities that promote human trafficking and prostitution. We are sending a message that we are not going to tolerate this activity in our community. We will arrest and charge those who engage in this illicit act. We will also continue to identify those who have been forced into trafficking by rescuing them from their situations and connecting them with services to help with their recovery.
The operation continued on September 22, 2022, and netted another ten persons.