Crime

Myrtle Beach man charged with prostitution

A 24-year-old man was charged with prostitution in Myrtle Beach while police were conducting an undercover operation and saw him drop someone off at a hotel, according to a police report.

Marquis Lashaun Watford, 24, was charged with first-offense prostitution, failure to give or giving an improper signal and first-offense driving without a license, according to Myrtle Beach Jail records. Watford is being held on $1,151 cash bon.

Officers were conducting an undercover operation in connection with online prostitution advertisements, police said.

An officer contacted an advertisement for an escort service that offered an hour of service for $250, according to the report. The officer sent text messages to the person and someone agreed to meet the officer at a Kings Highway motel late Sunday.

The person, whose information was not listed in the report, agreed to perform sexual acts for $250, according to the report.

The officer detained the person and in the report said they were charged with prostitution, but their information was not listed and they have not been formally charged, according to jail records.

Another officer saw Watford drop the person off at the motel and he was stopped leaving the area near 19th Avenue South and South Ocean Boulevard, according to the report.

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