OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) - An undercover prostitution bust in Oliver Springs landed seven people in jail. The bust happened within a half mile of two schools.
Oliver Springs police, along with the 7thDistrict Crime Task Force, arrested Monica Goodman, 26, for prostitution on Highway 62. Six men are accused of being her customers.
Highway 62 is the main road through Oliver Springs. It's where Norwood Elementary and Norwood Middle School sit. On Thursday night it was the homecoming parade route.
Police say that was Goodman's territory.
"She walks from here to Oak Ridge, all different kinds of place," explained Chief Kenneth Morgan. "The more she was walking the more we started noticing people picking her up at all times of day."
Oliver Springs is a small community. Chief Morgan says they couldn't have pulled off an undercover operation on their own.
"Everybody knows us so it wouldn't do any good to for one of our guys to try to pick somebody up. We brought [the 7th District Crime Task Force] down. They brought vehicles, manpower and everything down, and rode around and finally got the subject picked up. She made an offer and she was charged," he explained.
Goodman, along with Troy Chaney Jr, Todd Volker, Terry Ammons, William Anderson, Charles York and Jesse Abshire, were arrested. The men ranged from 38 to 68 years old and are from various counties.
Volker is a registered sex offender in Tennessee and has violation charges pending.
The arrests took place near the schools, something that has parents concerned.
"It makes you a little nervous, makes you wonder what goes on around the kids," said Tyrone Irons, whose son goes to Norwood Elementary.
Ray Dunkley was at Norwood Thursday night to watch his son in the homecoming parade. He says it makes him nervous to think this is happening in their backyard.
"I've seen this woman. I've seen her walking down the road in Oak Ridge, very revealing outfit," Dunkley said.
While Chief Morgan says he doesn't believe Goodman poses a threat to the kids, it's not something he wants happening on his watch.
"Kids figure things out. Kids see things, kids start asking questions and that's questions they don't need to go home and ask parents and teachers about things they don't need to see," the chief said.
Goodman and all six men have bonded out of jail. Chief Morgan says he's already seen her back walking up and down the street.
He says until they catch her in the midst of a crime again, there's no law against walking. He wants people to know, however, the police are watching.
"We may be a small town, but we're watching everything that goes and trying our best to take care of the problem and do everything we can to stop it," he said.