fire captain Emmanuel Joel, 43, is charged with solicitation of
prostitution after paying someone to 'engage in sexual conduct,' records
Texas (KTRK) -- A firefighter who has been with the Houston Fire
Department for 13 years is facing a charge of solicitation of
Court documents allege Emmanuel Joel on Oct. 2
offered and agreed to pay a fee for the purpose of engaging in sexual
conduct. He appeared in a court room on Monday.
fire department confirmed Joel is a communication captain, adding he
had been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an ongoing
Acting HFD Chief Michelle McLeod released a
statement after Joel's arrest, but didn't offer further comment beyond
the 43-year-old's job status.
would be irresponsible for the department to comment on another
agency's ongoing investigation, except to say this is not representative
of the over 3,000 men and women who serve our community with honor and
distinction," McLeod said.
Joel, who posted $1,000 bond, is due back in court on Jan. 12, 2022.