Adding to the Cleveland Browns recent legal issues, linebacker Quentin Groves, who was recently added to the roster from Arizona, was busted last week in an Orange Village prostitution sting.
On April 17, the Orange Police Department, Beachwood Police and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's office conducted a joint prostitution operation at a Beachwood hotel.
"We made about half a dozen arrests on the night in question. Over the two nights there was between 15 and 20 arrests," said Orange Police Chief, Chris Kostura.
During the operation, a female officer from Beachwood Police acting as an escort in an undercover role received numerous calls from men for sex for hire. During these calls, a price was determined for services.
"What are your prices? Your rates are a hundred an hour?" Groves said in a recorded call.
19 Action News has learned Groves called and made arrangements for certain acts. Groves requested full service, and stated he would bring condoms.
"I don't have any condoms left. Is there anyway you could bring some?" said the undercover officer in that same call.
"Yeah, that's fine," Groves replied.
He was taken into custody without incident when he arrived at the hotel room. $195.70 dollars in cash and a box of condoms were seized as evidence.
Groves pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the charge of disorderly conduct. He paid $365 in court costs/fines.
Groves signed two-year deal with the Browns in March.
He released a statement through his agent Tuesday afternoon:
"I want to apologize to the Browns organization, our fans and the city of Cleveland for putting myself in this situation. I realize I let a lot of people down, most importantly my family. I am committed to learning from this and moving forward."
The Browns also released a statement:
"We are aware of the situation and do not have any further comment."