DOD Elementary Ed. Official Arrested for Pandering in Human Trafficking Sting

Nick Kangadis | November 27, 2023
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When one of the people in charge of overseeing your child’s education while you’re serving your country is also seemingly involved in one of the most heinous acts imaginable, you know your government doesn’t have your best interests at heart.

Steven Francis Hovanic, a senior official in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) Americas division, was arrested last week in connection with human trafficking. He has been charged with pandering.

For context, according to Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute (LII), “pandering is a criminal offense that includes (a) compelling a person to become a prostitute or (b) arranging or offering to arrange a situation in which a person may practice prostitution.”

So basically, coercion.

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According to the Daily Caller:

Hovanic, 64, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, was arrested on suspicion of pandering, according to a press release the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office provided to the DCNF. Eva Tedder, administrator for the sheriff’s office, said Hovanic told the jail staff he works for the Department of Defense (DOD) located in Peachtree City, Georgia, where the Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DODEA) Americas division is located, according to the agency’s website.[…]

Hovanic was one of more than two dozen arrests over a two-day operation meant to locate victims of human trafficking, the Newnan Times-Herald reported. Six women, identified as victims of human trafficking, were rescued in the operation, which saw arrests on charges of pandering, drug possession, prostitution and pimping, according to the press release.

It’s not exactly clear how many others of those involved, that have been arrested, have a connection to the government, specifically the DOD.

A spokesperson for DODEA told the Caller that Hovanic is “currently on leave.”


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