A former Broward Christian School coach has been arrested on charges of procuring a minor for prostitution after police say he arranged for two detectives posing as teenagers to meet another undercover detective posing as a client.
When James Sylvester Ross, 63, of West Park, was arrested on Feb. 5, Fort Lauderdale police detectives found more than 300 index cards in his possession with females’ first name, descriptions, telephone number and their hobbies.
Fort Lauderdale Spokeswoman Deanna Greenlaw said it wasn’t clear how Ross met these women. Detectives were looking into whether he met some of them when he worked as a teacher and coach at Plantation’s Broward Christian School. He was last employed by the school in 2001.
“Detectives are now going through all of these index cards and calling these phone numbers,” Greenlaw said. “We are hoping somebody may see his picture and call with information.”
Fort Lauderdale Police’s Human Trafficking Unit began its undercover operation last month, after getting a tip that Ross was recruiting young and old females for sex trafficking.
Throughout January, an undercover female detective posing as a 16-year-old had multiple phone calls and text messages with Ross, who, police say engaged in sexually explicit conversations.
Another undercover detective posing as a potential client called Ross asking to see a 15- and 16-year-old. Ross showed pictures to the undercover detective, who asked Ross if he could have sex with the girls, according to the arrest report. Ross said he would set up a meeting and it would cost $200.
Ross arranged for the group to meet at the Dunkin Donuts at 3280 Davie Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 5. According to the report, Ross told the detective “to have fun and go handle your business.”
He was also charged with unlawful use of a telephone to set up the meeting.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Graul at 954-828-6692 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).