Police: pro golfer Tommy Gainey faces first-degree misdemeanor solicitation charge
12/12/2019 2:19:20 AM

Professional golfer Tommy Gainey faces a first-degree misdemeanor solicitation charge, according to authorities.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd stated in a press conference Wednesday that Gainey, 44, was arrested Sunday in an investigation titled "Operation Santa's Naughty List" that netted 124 arrests in all as a major prostitution and human-trafficking sting.

TMZ Sports reported that the Hartsfield, South Carolina resident, who is married with two children, posted bail and was released Monday morning.

"He's married," Judd said. "He told us he was here for a charity golf event and it was supposed to be like the next morning tee off. He didn't make it. He was a scratch."

The 20-year golf pro is known as a TV personality, having appeared on Golf Channel's "Big Break" in 2005.

He played in four PGA Tour events this season, missing three cuts along the way.

The investigation, that reportedly began Dec. 3 and lasted through the weekend, was designed to address human trafficking and "find deviants that prey on children," according to Judd.

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