A top Pentagon official has been arrested for allegedly paying an undercover agent for sex in a motel room - before claiming to cops he was only there because he believed the woman was in danger. Stephen Hovanic, a chief of staff for the Department of Defense's school system, was one of 10 arrestees charged with alleged pandering during a sting operation in Coweta County, Georgia. The operation, which led to the arrest of 25 additional suspects, focused on targeting individuals involved in human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Stephen Hovanic, 64, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, was taken into custody on November 15th as part of the sting operation. The arrest highlights the dark side of national security, as even those entrusted with protecting the country can be involved in illegal activities. Hovanic faces a pandering charge for misdemeanor solicitation of sex.
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) Americas region, where Hovanic held a senior administrative position, was shocked by the news of his arrest. As a top official in the Pentagon's school system, Hovanic's actions raise concerns about the integrity and values within the Department of Defense.