11/28/2016 - OKC, OK -- YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST. A Lieutenant with the Oklahoma City Police Department was officially charged, earlier this month, with crimes related to his alleged solicitation of prostitution and the tipping off an Internet prostitute to an active federal anti-prostitution sting - a sting she was later caught up in.
As previously reported by JohnTV, OCPD Lt. Alexander 'Alex' Edwards was arrested back in Oct. based off of information and evidence gathered in an unrelated investigation by federal and local law enforcement into prostitution and human trafficking in the Oklahoma City Area - dubbed Operation Cross Country X.
According to court documents, Edwards had made contact with Kiana Jamari Mongi, 21, a known Internet prostitute, by sending her text messages. JohnTV has been told that the content of those text messages included Edwards identifying himself as an OKC police officer, a photo of himself, solicitation for prostitution related sexual contact and a warning that Operation Cross Country was in full effect and that she should take care not to get caught.
Apparently Mongi did not take heed to Edwards' warning and was soon thereafter arrested by local and federal agents after an undercover officer responded to Mongi's Backpage.com ad, as seen below...
While officers were processing Mongi, they found the text messages from Edwards on her cell phone.
JohnTV was told by an anonymous source close to the investigation that FBI agents wanted to conduct a sting on Edwards to catch him in the blatant act of soliciting prostitution, but were dissuaded by administrators within the Oklahoma City Police Dept. who wanted to handle this internally.
Regardless, Lt. Edwards was called into police headquarters the next day and taken into custody on complaints of conspiracy to commit a felony, felony computer crimes, obstruction of justice and aiding in prostitution. Edwards was processed and released from jail after posting a $50,000 bond. Edwards was also placed on administrative leave.
The Oklahoma City Police Department then released the following statement...
At the time of his arrest, Lt. Edwards was assigned to the Hefner Division and previously worked IMPACT and at the Springlake Division.
When charges were formally filed on Nov. 15, Edwards somehow was able to avoid some of the more serious criminal charges he was originally arrested on and he was instead charged with two counts of felony computer crimes (using his smart phone to contact Mongi), solicitation of prostitution, and obstructing an officer in the performance of their official duties (warning Mongi of the undercover sting). These updated charges lowered Edwards' bail from $50,000 to a mere $8,000.
Additionally, because of a new law that went into effect on Nov. 1, Edwards' home address does not appear on the online court proceedings.
Never fear, JohnTV can tell you Edwards owns a house at 1544 NW 123rd Place in Oklahoma City - according to multiple public records and this neat little photo we found on Google Street View...
Edwards' next court appearance date has not yet been made public.
According to Lt. Edwards official Linkedin profile, he was born and raised in Midwest City, attended WestPoint for one year, and fought in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lt. Edwards boasts that "[he] along with his father are the first father/son African-American supervisor legacy in the history of the Oklahoma City Police Department."
Lt. Edwards goes on to list the following... "Edwards is also the co- founder and CEO of A.S.A.P (Alternate Solutions to Adverse Problems) a mentoring program for At-risk youth. Furthermore, Mr. Edwards has served as Vice President of the PTA for the state of Oklahoma and as legislative chair for the State PTA. Mr. Edwards has also been bestowed the honor of “Pink Tie Guy” in his never ending fight against his archenemy Cancer. Recently Mr. Edwards was honored as 40 under 40 Young Achievers for the state of Oklahoma, an honor given for his non-profit and professional commitments. Mr. Edwards has a Bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s degree in Business and currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma."
Lt. Edwards also lists himself as the CEO and founder of Broomworks Janitorial Services LLC since 2013.
Mongi was formally charged with felony computer crimes and offering to engage in an act of prostitution on Nov. 16.
JohnTV will continue to follow this case.