Franklin Co. commissioner arrested on prostitution charges - WSMV News 4

Franklin Co. commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

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John Anthony Page John Anthony Page

A Franklin County commissioner was arrested Tuesday on charges that he offered a woman drugs in exchange for sex.

John Anthony Page was arrested by Franklin County Sheriff's deputies around 11 a.m. in Decherd on accusations that he was in possession of drugs and patronized prostitution.

The sheriff's department says this is the culmination of a undercover sting investigation they had been working for a while to try to prove the allegations.

Investigators said Page went to a residence in Franklin County and offered a female money and a prescription drug, Xanax, in exchange for sex.

The news is just getting around the county late Tuesday. At a soccer game, one woman who knows Page says she hopes its not true.

"I was surprised. I've known him for many years. I hope all this is just a misunderstanding," Missy Wenger, Franklin County resident, said.

Even those who don't know Page say the crime, if it's true, is a shame and not a proper example for a public official to set.

"It's sad. A sad situation. A man in his class of person. It's sad," Ronald Frame, Franklin County resident, said.

Sgt. Chris Guess, with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, says the sheriff felt very strongly that as an elected official, the commissioner was to be treated the same as everyone else.

"Same rules apply to everybody, not just a select few," Sgt. Guess said.

Page was released Tuesday on $5,000 bail.

No one answered the door at Page's residence Tuesday evening.

He works as a dispatcher at Arnold Engineering Air Force Base. A spokesperson for the base said it's too early to know if he'll be suspended from that job.

Franklin County Executive Richard Stewart says it's a sad situation, one, he says, that you hate to see happen to anyone. Stewart says Page's father died recently.

If he is convicted, Page could be forced to leave his seat as a county commissioner.

Page is set to appear in court on Nov. 21.

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