Ini­tia­tive nets three prostitution ar­rests

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— An un­der­cover op­er­a­tion aimed at bat­tling street prostitution in down­town Elk­ton net­ted three ar­rests Wed­nes­day af­ter the women al­legedly of­fered sex acts for money to of­fi­cers pos­ing as po­ten­tial cus­tomers, po­lice re­ported.

As part of an anti-prostitution ini­tia­tive adopted by the Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, mem­bers of the agency’s Street Crimes Unit and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit fo­cused mainly on ac­tiv­ity in the 200 block of Land­ing Lane and the 200 block of West Main Street, which have been iden­ti­fied as prob­lem ar­eas, po­lice said.

Dur­ing the sting op­er­a­tion, of­fi­cers pos­ing as po­ten­tial prostitution cus­tomers, com­monly called “Johns,” drove un­marked ve­hi­cles in those tar­geted ar­eas and en­coun­tered three women who al­legedly propo­si­tioned them, af­ter those of­fi­cers pulled over at dif­fer­ent spots and at dif­fer­ent times and talked to the sus­pects, po­lice added.

Ar­rested and charged with two counts each of prostitution are Ash­ley Re­nee Hos­mer, 24, of Stone Creek Road near North East; Deanie Lee Seymour, 28, of Barnes Cor­ner Road in Colora; and Karry Ann Snelling, 46, of Aberdeen, re­ported Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.

Hos­mer also is charged with pos­ses­sion of co­caine and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, af­ter ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers searched her and con­fis­cated those items, Zurolo re­ported.

As of Thurs­day, the three women re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, each in lieu of $5,000 bond, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records, which also in­di­cate that a June 13 trial date has been set for them.

ELK­TON

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