Initiative nets three prostitution arrests
— 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.