Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Griffin is representing at least one of the 104 accused Johns taken down by Nassau County Prosecutors in an operation called Operation Flush the Johns. Griffin believes a press conference and a board of mugshots released by prosecutors was an effort to humiliate the accused who are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
It was a monthlong undercover operation in Nassau County. Suspected Johns, according to police, logged onto backpage.com to allegedly arrange meetings with those who they thought were prostitutes, instead, they were met by undercover police officers in hotel and motel rooms.
“My hope is anyone seeing what happened to these men here..that you’re going to get caught,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Authorities used undercover hidden cameras. They say they waited until money was offered for sex, then the alleged johns were cuffed.
Police said the list of those arrested includes lawyers, doctors, teaches and other professionals.
Attorney Dennis Lemke is representing one of the alleged Johns. He too is infuriated.
Griffin says what’s troubling is there were never a prostitute involved in any of the arrests.
All of the alleged Johns pled not guilty.