Husband of NC county commissioner among 15 nabbed in SC prostitution bust

WILMINGTON NC (WECT) — Daniel Dawson, husband of New Hanover County Commissioner Beth Dawson, was arrested Thursday in Horry County near Myrtle Beach on prostitution charges.

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According to Horry County Police officials, a prostitution sting was conducted Thursday.

Lt. Raul Denis said once arrangements were made through the Internet to meet, officers arrested the suspects.

Dawson was one of 15 people booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on prostitution charges. He was given a $375 bond.

WECT reached out to Commissioner Dawson for any comment regarding her husband’s arrest.

“I honestly do not have any details or facts at this point,” Dawson said. “I briefly spoke to my husband [Thursday] when he called and told me where he was, and I told him how much I loved him.”

She said the situation was a private and personal matter.

“We love each other very much. When he gets home he will be welcomed with open arms, and we will work through this together,” Dawson said.

Malissa Talbert, spokesperson for the City of Wilmington, said Daniel Dawson served a three-year term on the city’s planning commission from 2011-2014.

Below is a list of those arrested and their charges:

Marwan Alaswad, age 32, Conway – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

David Caddell, age 61, Myrtle Beach – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

Leon Cokely, age 43, Hemingway – Soliciting Prostitution

Michael Dao, age 22, Mt. Pleasant – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense, simple possession of marijuana

Daniel Dawson, age 60, Wilmington, NC – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

Derrick Ford, age 39, Sumter – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

Robert Loud, age 51, Murrells Inlet – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

William McSwain, age 72, North Myrtle Beach – Soliciting Prostitution

Travell Morrison, age 28, Newna, GA – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

Sherry Reyes, age 43, Myrtle Beach – Prostitution 1st offense

Rafael Rivera-Maya, age 38, Myrtle Beach – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

Huntington Smith, age 53, Murrells Inlet – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

David Strickland, age 54, Murrells Inlet – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

David Whitney, age 53, Murrells Inlet – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

Oziel DaSilva, age 37, Summerville – Soliciting Prostitution 1st offense

WBTW-TV reported that Reyes was arrested by Myrtle Beach Police in a separate incident.

Copyright 2015 WECT. All rights reserved. WMBF contributed to this report. 

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