Brian O’Nora, who has been umpiring in the MLB since 1999, was arrested in a prostitution sting operation on Saturday in Ohio.
MLB umpire Brian O’Nora one of 14 arrested in Liberty Township in a prostitution sting operation
The Liberty Township Police Department together with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, a task force that bust human trafficking operations achieved a breakthrough over the weekend when a total of 14 “Johns”, including Brian O’Nora, were arrested after soliciting prostitutes online.
Fourteen men were arrested during a single-day #HumanTrafficking operation that targeted individuals seeking to buy sex via the internet, AG Yost and Liberty Township Police Chief Toby Meloro announced today. pic.twitter.com/r1QSXwyDBZ
— Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (@OhioAG) December 7, 2020
Nora, who himself did not receive the service from the prostitute, has been charged with illegally purchase of a sex act, as reported by the police.
Following the operation, a spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General made an official confirmation that the Brian O’Nora was, in fact, the MLB umpire.
“Fourteen men were arrested during a single-day human trafficking operation that targeted individuals seeking to buy sex via the internet, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Liberty Township Police Chief Toby Meloro announced today,” the statement from the Ohio Attorney General spokesperson read.
“The operation, which took place on Sunday, was conducted by the Liberty Township Police Department in cooperation with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, a task force under the attorney general’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.”
Brian O’Nora was assigned to the 2012 Giants vs. Tigers World Series as well as three All-Star Games.
“John stings deter those seeking to purchase sex – reducing the demand for human trafficking – and serve as a reminder that these crimes are more prevalent and closer to home than you may think,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Monday, “Hats off to Chief Meloro and the Liberty Township Police Department on their successful operation.”
As of now, MLB themselves have refused to comment on the matter but one league spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo Sports that they were “aware of it.”