Pandering is a misdemeanor charge and is punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or a year in jail, according to police.
Two others were arrested in the case. Erik LeShaun Jackson, 29, who gave a Long Beach, Calif., address, was charged with pimping. Sonya Lynn Strobel, 25, who gave Independence, Mo., address, was charged with prostitution.
Wilson was terminated by the Tribune on Thursday afternoon.
“We feel sorrow for Wilson, the Tribune staff and the newspaper. However, we expect all of our employees to live up to high ethical and professional standards,” said Marietta Daily Journal Managing Editor Billy Mitchell, who was Wilson’s supervisor.
“We deeply regret that this event occurred in the Canton community.”
Effective immediately, Brian Clark has been named acting editor for the Tribune until a permanent replacement can be hired. Clark is currently managing editor of Neighbor Newspapers, a sister company to the Tribune publishing 22 weekly papers in 10 metro Atlanta counties.
According to police reports, the three suspects were arrested at 11:20 p.m. at the Days Inn on Juniper Street in Canton, which is next to the BodyPlex and across the street from the Canton Mill Lofts apartments, in what police describe as a “high crime area.”
According to the police report, Jackson “was involved by pimping Strobel by transporting her to another person when he had knowledge that Strobel ws involved in prostitution engagements and willingly provided her with ‘protection.’ ”
Police confronted Wilson and Strobel as they were leaving a room at the hotel. According to the report, Wilson initially told police that he had met Strobel “at a bar.” However, Strobel admitted “that she had been paid $200 by Wilson to perform ‘oral sex,’ ” according to the report. Questioned later by police, Wilson admitted that he had been “lonely” and had met Strobel on a website, the report said.
Wilson previously had served as assistant news editor at the Marietta Daily Journal and was promoted to managing editor at the Tribune in May of last year.