Midshipman Charged With Solicitation

Exchange Student Is One Of Two Men Arrested In West Street Sting

April 13, 1992

A midshipman studying at the U.S. Naval Academy on a foreign exchange program was arrested Friday evening after he allegedly propositioned an Annapolis police officer posing as a prostitute on West Street, city police said.

He was one of two people arrested Friday in whathas become an almost nightly sting operation on West Street.

Midshipman 1st Class Waqar Khan, 22, from Pakistan, was charged with solicitation for prostitution after he allegedly offered to pay the officer $20 for oral sex, police said.

They said Khan drove by the undercover officer twice in his car before pulling to the curb near Lafayette Avenue and talking to her.

Five backup officers surrounded the car and arrested him shortly after 7:10 p.m.

Khan, who was released on his own recognizance, told police he is to graduate next month. The academy has begun investigating the charges to determine whether to take disciplinary action.

A second man was arrested several hours later. Patrick J. Truax, 25, who gave his address as a post office box in Riva, was charged with soliciting the same undercover officer.

Annapolis police have been cracking down on prostitution along the five blocks of inner West Street leading from Church Circle to Monticello Avenue, within walking distance of the State House.

Twelve women have been charged with prostitution and 29 men have been charged with soliciting sex since the beginning of the year.

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