Friday, August 22, 2008

This time, cop was a "john"

NEW HAVEN — Eight people were arrested on a prostitution charge Thursday night and early Friday as city police conducted a sting operation as part of the Police Department’s ongoing efforts to stamp out the crime.
The operation took place just one week after police charged 12 alleged "johns" who were arrested in a sting in which a female officer posed as a prostitute.
The newer sting, which began a little after 10 p.m. Thursday and ran through early Friday morning, was conducted by the New Haven Police Gun and Firearms Units in the Fair Haven and Dwight/Kensington Police Districts, police said. A member of the unit posed as a "john" for the operation. Charged with prostitution are: Edwin Espada, 45, 321 Poplar St.; Wynona Carmon-Ramirez, of 45 Assumption St.; Michelle Jamison, 29, of 480 Ferry St.; Renee Milton, 31, of 377 Ferry St.; Rhonda Watson, 45, of 332 Munson St.; Natalie Bethea, 28, of 22 Hedge St., and Mary Davis, 56, of 12 Maple Ave. Wallingford, and Karen Napoli, 47, of 224 Crosswoods Road, New York, NY. Bethea also is charged with possession of narcotics.
Police said officers would continue sting operations in coming months for "johns" and prostitutes in an "effort to significantly reduce incidents of prostitution throughout the city." The department said it also intends to continue its practice of releasing names and photographs of "johns" and prostitutes to the public as arrests are made.

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