County police undercover officers arrested seven men Tuesday night who they say solicited them for sex near an Annapolis adult book store.
The officers posed as customers for the men, who cruised the area around the 2020 Book Store in the 2000 block of West St. near the Route 2 intersection, said Sgt. Thomas A. Suit.
"We received an anonymous complaint about male prostitutes in the area," he said. "But they are not really doing it for money."
Sergeant Suit said the area attracts men are looking for anonymous sex.
"There has been activity in that area for years," he said. "This is the first time we have taken an entire squad down there to make arrests.
"They keep riding around in circles, make eye contact with each other and then hook up in the parking lot of the store," he said. "Or somewhere on Hudson or Willow Street and then go have sex."
None of the activities are going on inside the store, Sergeant Suit said.
Those charged with solicitation were: Shederick Lamont Mays, 30, of the first block of Spa Road in Annapolis; Michael Patrick Foster, 28, of the 2000 block of Chesapeake Road in Annapolis, Thomas Wesley Hardy, 20, of the 6700 block of Solomons Island Road in Friendship; and Thomas William Davis, 26, of the first block of Holly Road in Severna Park.
Kirk William Penn, 34, of the 1800 block of Bowman Drive in Annapolis; David L. Brown, 53, of the 200 block Victor Parkway in Annapolis; and Joseph Henry Hall, 35, of the 1800 block of Johnson Road in Annapolis, were each charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, police said.
"I don't think these people realize how dangerous this type of thing can be," Sergeant Suit said. "They have no idea who they are meeting."