High school principal busted by police in undercover prostitution sting

SUGAR LAND, TX – A high school principal in Sugar Land, Texas, was taken into custody on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Brian Shillingburg, 43, principal of Clements High School, was apprehended during a sting operation named “Operation Naughty List” led by the Fort Bend County deputies late Monday.

The operation caught Shillingburg negotiating with an undercover officer at a Holiday Inn Express hotel in Missouri City, Texas. There, he reportedly agreed to pay $90 in return for sexual services, including oral sex. An arrest signal was then given by the detective, following which Shillingburg was arrested.

The operation resulted in a total of 16 arrests for solicitation of prostitution, conducted in collaboration with other members of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance Taskforce. The purpose of this “proactive undercover buyer operation” was to reduce the demand for victimized sex workers by identifying and arresting sex buyers.

Shillingburg was appointed principal of Clements High School in 2022, and previously held the principal position at James Bowie Middle School. The Fort Bend Independent School District issued a statement acknowledging his arrest, stating that it is dedicated to ensuring no disruption to instruction and to ensuring a smooth administrative transition.

Shillingburg, who holds over two decades of experience in education, has not yet issued a comment following his arrest.