7/3/2018 - OKC, OK -- (by Brian Bates) Even after operating JohnTV for over 20-years, I am still amazed at the number of men that will go out of their way to royally screw their lives up - all for the sake of screwing some stranger that has already screwed 1,000 other dudes before them....
The latest Y chromosome to jump feet first into their own shit show is an Edmond businessman living in a $430,000 home, that was recently arrested and criminally charged with soliciting online prostitution.
And, as if that wasn't enough, the dude can't even claim, "honey this was my first time!" because evidence from his arrest shows he was a seasoned pro at solicitation.
According to court records, on March 28, 2018, 35-year-old Derek Reynolds Byrd found himself where so many men before have been - bored off his ass, with too much time, too much money and not enough sense to not surf the web for hookers.
Apparently Byrd began sending text messages in response to a prostitution ad posted online and monitored by members of the Oklahoma City Police Department's Vice Unit.
According to police, "[Byrd's] text messages demonstrated that he had a great deal of knowledge about the escort profession. The topics discussed by [Byrd] included other well-known prostitutes and prostitution clients."
Byrd reportedly agreed to meet the faux-hoe at her hotel.
Once Byrd arrived, he paid the undercover female officer $100 "and took off his shoes, socks and some of his clothing. Byrd then attempted to remove the undercover officer's tank top." That's when the female officer gave the take-down signal (hopefully by kicking him in the nuts) and additional officers made entry into the hotel room and placed Byrd under "investigative detention." That's codeword for "You're not under arrest, but I bet you're too damn scared do anything other than sit there and dig your hole even deeper."
Officers noted that when Byrd arrived at the hotel he was carrying an old style flip cell phone - which police found odd. Additionally, when officers asked Byrd for the number to the flip phone, Byrd responded that he didn't know the number. Officers later located a second cell phone in Byrd's vehicle. That cell phone was a smart phone with Internet capabilities.
Based on Byrd's knowledge of prostitution, it was assumed by detectives that Byrd's flip phone was his "burner phone" - aka, a secondary phone that 'Johns' often utilize to contact prostitutes so that they are less likely to get caught by their wife.
Byrd was then released without being placed under arrest or taken to the county jail - like normal folk.
While Byrd was turned loose at the scene (no explanation as to why), police decided to hang on to his flip phone while they sought a search warrant. A search done at a later time reportedly revealed that Byrd had used the phone to contact other online prostitutes.
On June 6, formal felony charges and an arrest warrant were filed in Oklahoma County against Byrd. Byrd was charged with felony computer crimes and offering to engage in an act of lewdness.
Last Thursday Byrd was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail - most likely as the result of a prearranged agreement, because he was also arraigned, pleaded 'not guilty' and released on a $5,000 bond - all on the same day.
So, what do we know about Byrd and why he may have been treated with such kid-gloves?
Well, his booking sheet shows he lives in the 4900 block of Fremont Bridge Ct. in Edmond Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma County Assessor, that property was purchased by Derek and Jessica Byrd in 2015 for $430,000.
So, Byrd lives in a really nice home and most likely is married (too a really really attractive woman if you do your own Googling).
According to OKC Beautiful, Byrd served as a member of their Board of Directors in 2015 and got a nice little writeup in their Spring 2015 newsletter... (see below)
Byrd, a native Oklahoman, is reportedly a former member of the U.S. Air Force, has his Master's Degree in construction management and apparently previously served on the Myriad Botanical Garden Young Professionals Board and volunteered with Positive Tomorrows.
At the time of the bio above, Byrd was employed as a project manager with Bill Gumerson & Associates. According to a LinkedIn profile under the name Derek Byrd, he is still employed by Gumerson & Associates. However, when JohnTV placed call to them, we were told he hasn't worked there in more than two years.
A little Google searching shows that Byrd is now self-employed at Byrd Wild Properties LLC - listed to his home address in Edmond.
An eagle-eyed JohnTV fan found this Facebook profile that appears to be shared by Derek and his wife Jessica - though it hasn't been updated in over a year. That Facebook profile is also linked to this website.
JohnTV will continue to follow this case.
If you have any information about Byrd or his alleged involvement in prostitution, please contact JohnTV.
KFOR | 7/3/2018 | Police: Man arrested after responding to undercover prostitution sting.