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Temple Basketball: Khalif Wyatt Busted on Prostitution

A Temple University basketball standout was one of 28 people arrested and charged as part of a two-day Atlantic City prostitution sting conducted by the city’s special investigation unit on Pacific Avenue.

Owls star Khalif Wyatt, who was celebrating his 21st birthday according to his Twitter feed, was arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution and resisting arrest. Wyatt, who turned 21 on Sunday and will be a senior this coming school year, is from Norristown.

Wyatt has a court date set for Friday in Atlantic City municipal court.

“We have just become aware of the charges and are still gathering information at this point,” Larry Dougherty, Temple’s senior associate athletic director, said in a statement.

According to Atlantic City police, Wyatt was arrested at 1:01 a.m. Sunday near a hotel at Montpelier and Pacific Avenues after he made an offer to pay for sex while on the street. Wyatt fled the scene when he saw a uniformed officer and was apprehended about 50 yards away.

Former Kennedy-Kenrick High School sports star Duane Alford Jr., 22, of Norristown, was also arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution.

According to police, undercover female police officers were utilized to pose as prostitutes. The operation was aimed at nabbing both females who “sell their services and the males looking to pay women for their services,” the release said.

Wyatt was named to the all-Atlantic Ten Conference second team following a season in which he averaged 17.1 points per game, fourth in the conference.