12 men seized on sex charges in police sting Successful operation used as training exercises

September 02, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Howard County police were hoping to make a handful of arrests during recent training exercises with the Maryland National Capitol Park Police in North Laurel.

Instead, they nabbed 12 men on charges of soliciting sex -- about the average for a full-scale sting operation.

"We were expecting to share our time between the training and the actual running of the detail," said Lt. Tim Branning, who heads the Howard County vice and narcotics unit. "We were pleased."

For three days last week, eight Howard County detectives trained eight officers from the Maryland National Capitol Park Police on how to conduct prostitution sting operations.

On Friday evening during the training, police arrested 12 men -- from Laurel and Baltimore, as well as Howard, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties -- on charges of soliciting sex from female officers posing as prostitutes along U.S. 1 in North Laurel.

An earlier training operation Thursday, using police to pose as male prostitutes, was conducted in Patapsco State Park and the 7400 block of U.S. 1. Two men were arrested on charges of soliciting sex.

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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