VP of Volunteers of America of Indiana arrested on prostitution charge

Indianapolis

The vice president and chief operating officer of Volunteers of America of Indiana was arrested last week after police said he attempted to pick up a prostitute. 

Steven Runyon, 47, was charged with patronizing a prostitute.

According to the police report taken on Aug. 15, Runyon was driving in the 3600 block of East Washington Street at approximately 4:15 p.m.  Authorities reported he then pulled up to an undercover detective who was posing as a prostitute.

In the police report, the undercover detective reported Runyon asked if she needed a ride.  When she replied she was trying to make money, the detective reported Runyon said “OK” and agreed to a sex act for $20. 

According to the report, Runyon pulled into an alley, where he was stopped by a marked police vehicle and arrested.

Runyon was placed on administrative leave following the incident.

Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc. released the following statement Thursday:

"The employee in question reported this matter immediately upon arrival at work the next morning following the alleged incident.  It is noteworthy that this staff member has an unblemished 17 year history of service with the organization, and no prior criminal history.  He has been placed on administrative suspension as we further investigate this matter.  We will continue to monitor the progress of his criminal case, as well as continue our own internal investigation of the situation."

Volunteers of America of Indiana is a faith-based organization that provides assistance to people transitioning from the correctional system, elderly, chronically addicted, veterans and mentally ill.

Runyon in expected to appear in court on Sept. 5 at for a pretrial.

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