LAS VEGAS – A cheerleading coach at the prep school founded by tennis star Andre Agassi has been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting, Las Vegas police said Friday.
Police said 36-year-old Esperanza Brooks was arrested Wednesday night in a Las Vegas restaurant after agreeing to deliver three prostitutes and drugs to undercover detectives at a hotel-casino.
Brooks was a cheerleading coach, but not a faculty member at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school for at-risk students founded by Agassi in 2001, school spokesman Rob Powers said.
Powers said the school learned of the arrest Friday and was cooperating with police.
"Obviously, we're very concerned and the well-being of the students is our chief concern," Powers said, adding that Brooks passed a background check requested by the school.
Police said they have no information indicating any of the school's 500 students were involved in prostitution. They said the investigation arose from a tip saying a cheerleading coach at the school was also a madam.
Brooks, a woman believed to be her business partner, Rashena Rashel Kemp, and three other women were arrested in the sting, police said.
Brooks was booked into Clark County jail and charged with 14 counts of prostitution-related charges. Kemp, 30, faces three counts of conspiracy to commit pandering and conspiracy to live off the earnings of a prostitute.
Tiffany Alvord, Rachael Alexander and Rachel Wall, each believed to be prostitutes working for Brooks, were booked on one count of soliciting for the purpose of prostitution. Wall was charged with possession of cocaine, police said. None of the women were minors, police said.
Agassi is not involved in the daily operations of the school, which is overseen by his Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.