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Biden Pentagon official arrested in sex and human trafficking sting

By December 12, 2023No Comments
Stephen Francis Hovanic

COWETA COUNTY, GEORGIA: Recent reports reveal that senior Pentagon official Stephen Francis Hovanic was apprehended as part of a human trafficking operation spanning two days in Coweta County, Atlanta.

According to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the Police to Citizen Portal website, Hovanic was arrested on November 15 during a sting that resulted in the detention of 25 other individuals, facing charges related to prostitution, drug offenses, firearm possession, and outstanding warrants.

Stars and Stripes, a military magazine, identified Stephen Hovanic, a 64-year-old Sharpsburg resident, as the Chief of Staff for Defense Department schools in the United States.

Hovanic has been affiliated with the Department of Defense Education (DoDEA) since 1996. The DoDEA website indicates that he assumed the role of Chief of Staff for DoDEA America in October 2010, previously known as the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools. With over 40 years of experience in education, Hovanic began his journey with DoDEA as the assistant principal of Quantico High School in 1996, following a career as a high school vocational teacher, coach, and administrator in the Virginia public school system.

Military.com notes Hovanic’s tenure as the principal of Dahlgren School in Virginia from 2001 to 2008, after which he transitioned to the role of an Instructional Systems Specialist at the department’s area service center in Peachtree City, Georgia.

A spokesperson for DoDEA, William Griffin, stated that Hovanic is currently on leave from his position.

Hovanic, apprehended during the Coweta County operation, faces charges of pandering, an offense involving pressuring or coercing someone into engaging in prostitution. In Georgia, soliciting a worker’s services for oneself or arranging services for a third party is considered a misdemeanor offense.

According to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Hovanic allegedly propositioned an undercover investigator within a motel room set up for the two-day human trafficking operation. The operation led to the detention of 26 individuals for offenses including pandering, prostitution, and pimping.

Speaking to Newnan Times-Herald on November 17, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sergeant Toby Nix emphasized that “pandering is not a victimless crime, as the demand for prostitution drives the trafficking market.”

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