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Prostitution stings bring 31 arrests in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police officers conducted several citywide prostitution stings in the past two weeks.

The operations resulted in the arrest of 31 men and women on charges of prostitution, soliciting a prostitute and other crimes.

The sting was city wide but most of the arrests happened along Chamberlayne Avenue, Hull Street and Jeff Davis Highway. All areas, struggling with crime. Police say prostitution contributes to the problems.

"What goes on here is in a way a property crime. It devalues property, it devalues quality of life for people who happen to live in these areas," said Gene Lepley, Richmond Police Spokesperson.

"No community should have to be subjected to this behavior in front of their homes or in their neighborhood, nor is it helpful to businesses in the area," Major Peggy Horn said.

The operation is now just one of many. Police are planning monthly stings.

"We are out there and we are enforcing that law and to rest assured that prostitution will not go unchecked in the city of Richmond," said Richmond Police Lt. William Kelly.

Thirteen people were arrested Aug. 20:

  • Laverne Denise Lewis, 46, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at Fairfax and Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Jaquette McCormick, 48, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at Buford and Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Meagan Shell, 24, of Chesterfield, was charged with prostitution in the 2800 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Felicia McGhaney, 45, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution and paraphernalia/possession at the intersection of Haden and Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Dee Dee Washington, 37, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of 29th and Hull streets
  • Melissa St. Onge-Clark, 41, of Chester, was charged with prostitution in the 4000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Vicki J. West, 45, of Chester, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of 33rd and Hull streets.
  • Sandra Briggs, 47, of Chesterfield, was charged with prostitution at 27th and Hull streets
  • Tasha Harris, 27, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution in the 3500 block of Chamberlayne Avenue
  • Veronica M. Pool, 25, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution in the 3500 block of Chamberlayne Avenue
  • Leana S. Austin, 41, of Henrico, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of Chamberlayne and Westminster
  • Justin Taylor, 23, of Chesterfield, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of Tynick and Hull streets
  • Pauline Greenstreet, 40, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution in the 2300 block of Hull Street.

Nine people were arrested Aug. 21:

  • Dannette Wiesner, 34, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of 32nd Street and Midlothian Turnpike.
  • Glenda M. Johnson, 42 of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of Ladies Mile Road and Chamberlayne Avenue.
  • Carolyn McLeod, 57, of Richmond, was charged with paraphernalia and prostitution at the intersection of Remie and Chamberlayne.
  • Catherine Goode, 49, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution and paraphernalia at the intersection of Fairfax and Jefferson Davis Highway.
  • Delores Atkinson, 29, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of Yorktown and Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Jacqueline Ingram, 44, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution in the 2800 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Phyllis France, 41, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of Broad Rock and Hull Street
  • Pamela Poole, 47, of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of Tynick and Hull streets
  • Lorry L. Victoria, 51 of Richmond, was charged with prostitution at the intersection of 37th and Hull streets

Nine people were arrested Aug. 27 and Aug. 28:

  • Kevin P. Bynum, 37, of Richmond, was charged with solicitation of a prostitute and driving on a revoked driver's license in the 4300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Steven Gunn, 38, of Chesterfield, was charged with solicitation of a prostitute in the 4300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Andre Roberts, 25, of Richmond, was charged with was charged with solicitation of a prostitute in the 4300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Benjamin Ortiz, of Frederick, Maryland, was charged with solicitation of a prostitute in the 4300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Robert N. Lawrence, of Richmond, was charged with solicitation of a prostitute in the 4300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • David May, 61, of Chesterfield, was charged with solicitation of a prostitute in the 4300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Michael Comfort, 38, of Mineral, Virginia, was charged with solicitation of a prostitute in the 4300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Donald Baylor, 49, of Henrico, was charged with solicitation of a prostitute and drug possession in the 1000 block of Azalea Avenue
  • Rashawn Trent, 31, of Richmond, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute in the 1000 block of Azalea Avenue.

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