Sting nets six for pa­tron­iz­ing pros­ti­tutes

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Six men from Mont­gomery and Ch­ester coun­ties have been ar­rested for allegedly pa­tron­iz­ing pros­ti­tutes in King of Prus­sia.

Mont­gomery County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kevin R. Steele and Up­per Me­rion Po­lice Chief Thomas Nolan an­nounced the arrest of Robert Cizek of West Nor­ri­ton, Ger­ard Deleo of Phoenixville, Ja­mar Lloyd of West Ch­ester, Keary McNew of Ply­mouth Meet­ing, Steven Niel­son of Glad­wyn and Amit Vyas of Ea­gleville for allegedly at­tempt­ing to pay for sex­ual ser­vices.

The men were ar­rested dur­ing an or­ga­nized sting op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing and the com­mer­cial sex trade in the King of Prus­sia area, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from Steele’s of­fice. Up­per Me­rion po­lice worked with the Mont­gomery County De­tec­tive Bureau.

Of­fi­cers re­ceived hun­dreds of text mes­sages and phone calls af­ter plac­ing an on­line ad­ver­tise­ment of­fer­ing pros­ti­tu­tion ser­vices on­line. Each de­fen­dant fi­nal­ized a price for sex­ual ser­vices as well as a lo­ca­tion and time, ac­cord­ing to the D.A.’s Of­fice. When each of the de­fen­dants ar­rived, they met with an un­der­cover of­fi­cer pos­ing as a pros­ti­tute be­fore an arrest was made, the re­lease says.

The sting is part of a joint law en­force­ment ini­tia­tive by the Mont­gomery County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and the Up­per Me­rion Po­lice De­part­ment that was first an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary 2014, aim­ing to in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute in­di­vid­u­als com­mit­ting crimes re­lated to hu­man traf­fick­ing and the com­mer­cial sex trade in Mont­gomery County, and specif­i­cally in county ho­tels.

Each de­fen­dant will have a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge James Gal­lagher of Bridge­port. Dates for each hear­ing has not been sched­uled.

The case will be pros­e­cuted by As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney M. Stewart Ryan, cap­tain of the Sex Crimes Unit.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Top row, from left: Steven Niel­son, Amit Vyas and Robert Cizek. Bot­tom row, from left: Keary McNew, Ja­mar Lloyd and Ger­ard Deleo.

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