Reverse prostitution sting nets arrests

By DAVE GOSSETT - For The Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - A reverse prostitution sting this week saw nine men, including four city residents, arrested on prostitution-related charges. 
Police Chief Bill McCafferty announced Tuesday night the sting operation took place during a two-day period in the North Street area of the city.

"We used a local law enforcement female employee for the sting, and I hope these arrests discourage men from outside of the city from coming here to look for a prostitute as well as the city residents from soliciting women for sex," McCafferty said.

The sting operation took place Thursday and Tuesday. According to a press release issued by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, loitering to engage in solicitation charges were filed against:

* Timothy McFarland, 35, 3265 Sunset Blvd., Tuesday.
* Ralph R. Vancamp, 49, Wellsburg, Tuesday.
* John Stanko, 60, Canonsburg, Pa., Thursday.

Soliciting for prostitution charges were filed against:
* Pride D. Bankhead, 61, 267 Grammercy Place, Thursday.
* Michael J. Barnes, 33, Minerva, Tuesday.
* Rodney Lee Thomas, 40, 214 Kingston Ave., Tuesday.
* Bernard E. Merritt, 50, 195 Township Road 582, Steubenville, Tuesday.
* Charles E. Moore, 42, 169 Cathy Drive, Wintersville, Tuesday.
* Kareem Muse Howard, 27, Pittsburgh, Tuesday.

The police chief said the reverse sting operation was conducted by City Police and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

McCafferty said in July the police planned to go after customers seeking prostitutes in the city. "We had an undercover law enforcement officer participate in a sting operation that resulted in the arrest of Mandy Schiffman, 23, of Steubenville and Amber Long, 29, of Mingo Junction.

We are now planning a reverse sting for the men who are paying women for prostitution," McCafferty told City Council members at a July meeting.

"In the past we have used a female decoy in order to arrest a john who also is breaking the law. We will be doing that again in the near future. This takes some time to set the decoy up and the operation is run through the Jefferson County Drug Task Force. We have to get the right people together for this," warned McCafferty.
McCafferty said today the drug task force had been working with federal officials investigating an alleged heroin distribution ring in Steubenville and were delayed from pursuing the reverse sting operation until last week. "Our police officers check the North Street area at least six times on each shift. We still see some of the women out and we discourage them from standing in the area. "But we are also seeing fewer women.

We will continue our efforts to stop prostitution and will be planning more reverse sting operations in the future," McCafferty stated. The nine men arrested on the prostitution related charges are expected to appear in Municipal Court this week.

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