Police stings net 25 arrests on sex charges

August 28, 1994|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer

Police swept through South Baltimore and northern Anne Arundel County late Friday and early yesterday, arresting nine men and 16 women on a variety of sex charges.

The city arrests -- 14 women and one man, all from Baltimore -- concentrated on people allegedly offering to sell sexual favors. The county arrests -- eight men and two women -- focused on people allegedly seeking to buy sexual favors.

The stings, independently conducted, were in response to complaints from residents and neighborhood groups in the Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park, Curtis Bay, and Pratt and Monroe Street areas, police said.

In Baltimore, officers from the Criminal Investigation Division and the Southern District posed as customers. They charged three women with soliciting prostitution and 10 others with soliciting lewdness.

The man and one woman were charged with committing perverted sex acts.

Two of the women also were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The man was released on his own recognizance yesterday afternoon. The 14 women were being held in the women's detention center yesterday awaiting bail determinations.

In Anne Arundel, female officers posing as prostitutes arrested eight men. Male officers in civilian attire arrested a woman

hitch-hiker and a woman who was walking back and forth in a Brooklyn Park block.

Police charged one of the women with solicitation for the purpose of lewdness and with possession of cocaine. The other was charged with solicitation for the purpose of prostitution.

A spokeswoman at the Anne Arundel County court commissioner's office said she could not determine the status of the eight men and two women. A police spokeswoman said people charged in such cases usually are released once a court date is set.

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