Democratic Councilman Arrested in Prostitution Sting

• February 17, 2012 10:29 am


Nashville's News Channel 5 reports:

REPORTER: Brady Banks is a councilman in District 4, that's in south Nashville. He was arrested this afternoon during a Metro police sting operation. The 33-year-old councilman was arrested and charged with offering an undercover female police officer $100 in exchange for sex. The sting took place late this afternoon at the Spring Hill Suites on Athens Way in Metro Center. He was arrested at 4:40 this afternoon as part of an undercover operation, where several men were arrested.  Banks is part of the new class of members for Metro council.  He is married and has one child. He represents an area of Nashville that borders Williamson county. A judicial commissioner set Bank's bail at $1000 earlier today. Political insiders tell News 5 Banks was a rising star in the political world with possible aspirations of even running for state senate.

The Tennessean also reports that Banks "met the undercover officer in a hotel room after responding to an escort service ad posted by the police department on the Internet," according to a police news release.

The paper reports:

Banks and his wife, Kristin Clark-Banks, a minister, recently had a baby. The councilman held their son as his wife led the prayer at the most recent council meeting on Feb. 7.

Banks’ Facebook profile photo Thursday showed him holding his son while sitting in his chair in the council chamber