There are times when someone is charged for a crime that he or she didn’t commit. Sometimes, being at the wrong place at the wrong time is a legitimate defense, or you can explain yourself in other ways. Solicitation and prostitution is illegal in Maryland, so it’s not a surprise that this undercover sting took place and ended up with the arrests of over a dozen people. Like in your case, these people may benefit from a strong defense.
The June 2 report states that more than 12 people were arrested and charged during an undercover prostitution sting in Linthicum, Maryland. The Linthicum Hotel District is allegedly the center of some prostitution activity, and this sting took place in order to help eliminate the issues, according to the Anne Arundel County police. Through May, the police detectives continued to participate in targeted enforcement operations that would help take alleged prostitutes off the streets.
According to the news, the undercover detectives didn’t go after prostitutes; Instead, they targeted the men or women using the Internet to find someone willing to perform sexual acts for money. The undercover detectives posed as escorts online and then allegedly received the solicitations from men in person when they met.
The authorities have reportedly charged over 12 people for the crimes, including prostitution, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offenses. The ages of the people arrested ranged from 19 to 56. The people also ranged in location, with some being from areas in Texas, New York, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Because some people were only issued summons, the police have not yet released photos to identify the men.
Source: WBALTV, “More than a dozen charged in undercover prostitution sting” Saliqa Khan, Jun. 02, 2014