Franklin, TN – Two Nevada residents remain jailed tonight following their arrest Wednesday on sex trafficking charges. After Franklin Flex Officers discovered a sexually explicit ad on Backpage.com, they set up surveillance at the Days Inn, 3915 Carothers Parkway. It did not take long for officers to observe heavy foot traffic in and out of that hotel room consistent with a prostitution operation. During the course of their investigation, officers arrested 33-year-old Misty Ebeling, charging her with Promoting Prostitution.
Following the arrest, officers obtained and executed a search warrant at the nearby Americas Best Value Inn, 4201 Franklin Commons Court, where they found marijuana, $1,700 in cash, other hotel room keys, airline tickets, and a handgun – all in the possession of 26-year-old Robert Swonger of Las Vegas. Swonger, charged with Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act and drug possession, remains behind bars on a $50,500 bond. Ebeling remains jailed on a $15,000 bond. Both are due in court 09/25/2014 at 1:00 pm. Charges against two local men for Patronizing Prostitution are forthcoming.
Franklin’s Police Chief said that anti-crime initiatives like this will continue – making things in Franklin as uncomfortable as possible for criminals. “Our approach to prostitution here will continue to be aggressive,” said Chief Faulkner. “Zero-tolerance is the only acceptable response in this special community.”
To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411), or call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513