The Nassau County District Attorney's office released a list of 104 men — including finance honchos, lawyers, doctors and dentists — who solicited undercover officers posing as hookers during a roughly one-month sting operation, officials announced today.
Conducted between April 18 and May 24, "Operation Flush the Johns" posted four ads on the Web site backpage.com — one that offered a man to pleasure women, one that offered male to male sex and two others that offered women to please men.
Those caught in the sting — aged between 17 to 79 — were all men with the vast majority responding to the ads that offered female company.
Nassau cops said that those busted included lawyers, doctors, dentists, engineers, college professors, college students, a teacher and a stockbroker.
The johns would agree to meet with the undercover officers to meet a specific hotel that would be wired with surveillance cameras, said DA spokesman John Byrne.
Once the johns clearly offered up money in exchange for sex, officers would enter the room and make the arrest.
Byrne said the DA's office has been flooded with panicked calls from johns and their lawyers begging them to not post the damning names and pictures.
A total of 79 of those arrested were from Nassau County while 25 came from other areas.
Byrne said the operation began after local police received several complaints about spiking crime around county hotels.
All of the suspects have been arraigned and have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor patronizing prostitute raps.They face up to a year in jail if convicted of the charge.
Nassau DA Kathleen Rice said she had no sympathy for the busted pervs.
"Actually, they've been given a pass for far too long," she said.