Fort Worth man arrested in second prostitution sting by same undercover cop

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Updated 10:06 pm, Monday, June 19, 2017

A Fort Worth man is in jail after being arrested in an undercover prostitution sting in Waco for the second time.

Robert Justin Cousin Jr., 29, and Atitana Charlaine Hardin, 23, were arrested Thursday on charges of engaging in organized crime after they contacted an undercover McLennan County Sheriff’s Office detective to set up a prostitution deal with a woman, according to an affidavit acquired by the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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In the police document, Detective Joseph Scaramucci states that Cousin and Hardin were “doing the communicating and negotiation for the victim in this case, as well as providing security through screening for law enforcement.”

The undercover detective made contact with Cousin and Hardin’s prostitution victim at a Knights Inn hotel. As Scaramucci spoke to the woman, Cousin and Hardin were arrested in the parking lot outside, according to the affidavit. 

Police chose not to identify the woman being prostituted to the public, as she was not arrested and is now being aided by an organization that helps victims of human trafficking, according to the Waco-Tribune-Herald.

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Scaramucci’s affidavit also said “that during a prior sting operation, I made contact with both Cousin and Hardin. During that interaction, Hardin was being pimped by Cousin and during subsequent search warrants I observed him to be recruiting women for prostitution.”

In the incident described by the undercover detective that occurred last year, Cousin was arrested and charged with promotion of prostitution.

Cousin and Hardin are currently housed inside the McLennan County Jail with a bound amount of $30,000 and $10,000 respectively. 

Click through above to see a by the numbers look at human trafficking in Texas.

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