By Becky Pearce
In an undercover sting at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, police arrested 34 people including 70-year-old Jay Stout of Piedmont, a former Piedmont city councilman.
Responding to numerous complaints of lewd activities from concerned citizens, including a father who had been sailing on the lake with his two children and reported seeing two men having sex on the road at Hobie Point, police conducted a four-day sting operation which lead to multiple arrests. Those arrested, ranging in age from 26 to 78 years old, were accused of engaging in an act of lewdness in a public place and included Stout along with three employees of the State of Oklahoma: Yanskton Jesko, 37, employed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Romeo Taguinod, 62, employed by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and Ernest Hall, 43, who said he was an assistant coach at Stillwater High School. The Stillwater High school denies having anyone employed by the name of Earnest Hall. According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Taguinod was fired immediately after the incident.
Two of those arrested were booked on complaints of marijuana possession and one man was arrested on a felony county warrant.
For years, Hobie Point, located on the south side of Lake Hefner, has been a known meeting spot for men seeking companionship. In April of 2009, Oklahoma City police arrested 18 men during a similar four-day sting operation. Police reports at that time claim the men would drive up and meet undercover officers, then follow the officer on one of the trails, often times exposing and touching themselves. Among those arrested in the earlier sting was local Radio personality Calvin Wright of the Radio Oklahoma Network.
The public park at Hefner Lake is often used by families. Despite the recent activity at Hobie Point, police are quick to assure people the area is safe for families and other recreational activities. The police pledge to continue their proactive approach in an effort to eliminate this type of illegal activity at Lake Hefner and other points around Oklahoma City.
In all the suspects were fined more than $43,000.
Those arrested in the sting were:
Shannon Henderson, Self-employed
Yankston Jesko, Okla. State Dept. of Health
Rashaun Stubb, Okla. Heart Hospital
Michael Hall, Ally Cat Salon
Gary Hicks, Unemployed
Roberto Loera, Unemployed
Romeo Taguinod, Okla. County Sheriff’s Office
Kenneth Carmin, Retired
Jim Jones, Self-employed
Justin Ballard, Good Egg Dining
Earnest Hall, Stillwater H.S. (Coach)
Jay Stout, Retired
Ira Crutcher, McDonald’s
Frank Simmons, Retired
Timothy Haggard, Unemployed
John Gassei, Unemployed
Juan Jimenez, Castels Jewelry
Guy Powell, SW Youth & Family
Donnell Beatty, Days Inn
Lonell Marzett, Unemployed
Paul Tankersley, Nurse Finders
Daniel Walsh, Jimmy’s Egg
Robert Johnston Express Personnel
Joe Escalon, Unemployed
Todd Hand, Windsor Clothing
Jim Weber, Highmont Exploration
Michael Barton, Retired
Keith Golden, Retired
Shannon Porter, Goodwill Corp.
Ronald Burton, Sheraton Hotel
Charles Degraffenreidi, Mahogany Steak House
Samphanp Sayarath, Normand Thai Restaurant
Jimmie Disbrow, Retired
Timothy Scott, Self-employed