EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Charge Men In Charleston Prostitution Sting
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 12, 2013 4:26 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 12, 2013 7:27 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Police said five men were arrested Thursday evening in Charleston in a prostitution sting after they approached female officers posing as prostitutes.
Arrested in the sting were Mark Bowen of Big Chimney; Mohammad Shamshire of Charleston; Charles Priestley of Charleston; Eric Cutlip of Charleston; and Aubrey Smith of South Charleston, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.
The special enforcement unit of the Charleston Police Department conducted the sting with assistance from the St. Albans Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department in the area of Washington Street West, the release said.
Female officers posing as prostitutes were approached by numerous individuals throughout the evening. Once an agreement was made exchanging money for sexual acts, uniformed and plain clothes officers moved in to make the arrests.
The special enforcement unit has been tasked by Chief Brent Webster to control the prostitution issues in the city of Charleston. The unit will be conducting more stings in the future.
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