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    A former Alameda County prosecutor was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting last month in Hayward, police said Wednesday. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016)

    A former Alameda County prosecutor was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting last month in Hayward, police said Wednesday.

    Kevin Taguchi, who runs a private law practice based in the East Bay, was among eight men arrested in a sting operation police conducted at a motel in North Hayward.

    The goal of the operation was to arrest prostitutes and male customers and rescue potentially exploited children, police said. Officers targeted people who responded to online ads.

    "They show up, and that shows their commitment to come in for sex and what they are engaging in, and then they are arrested," said Tasha DeCosta of the Hayward Police Department.

    The eight men were arrested on suspicion of soliciting prostitution. Thirteen women were also arrested, and no minors were recovered in the sting, police said.

    In a video posted on his firm's website, Taguchi references his experience as a former Alameda County prosecutor. NBC Bay Area has learned he worked as a deputy district attorney for two years, starting in 1988.

    Taguchi could not be reached for comment, as he was out of town, according to staff at his firm.

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