14 arrested after prostitute sting operation on Charleston’s West Side

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — 14 people were arrested on Monday after Charleston Police conducted a prostitution sting. 

Police say the sting started after citizen complaints and concerned business owners on the West Side. 

According to Sgt. McConihay and the detectives from the CPD Special Enforcement Unit, authorities were able to utilize a reverse operation where they focused on those seeking prostitutes. Police say reversal stings effectively address the immediate crime, and they deter those who come into Charleston looking for prostitutes because of the public record that comes with a soliciting or engaging in prostitution arrest. 

This prostitution sting resulted in four people being arrested for engaging in prostitution, seven for enticing for the purpose of prostitution, two for loitering for prostitution, one for obstructing, and one for simple possession of marijuana. 

Those arrested in the sting operation include: 

  • Judy McNeal, 60, of Charleston, for engaging in prostitution
  • Lisa Moss, 47, of Dunbar, for two counts of engaging in prostitution
  • Selena Norton, 23, of Charleston, for engaging in prostitution 
  • Tiffany Freeman, 27, of Charleston, for engaging in prostitution 
  • Johnathan Lee Williams, 33, of Charleston, for enticing for prostitution 
  • Jamar H. Hunter: 35, of Charleston, for enticing for prostitution and obstructing 
  • Javier Grajales Gomez, 40, of Charleston, for enticing for prostitution 
  • Sammy D. Dalton, 69, of Harts enticing for prostitution
  • Perry J. Davis: 22, of Charleston, for enticing for prostitution
  • Taylor M. Gwinn-Bowles: 24, of Charleston, for enticing for prostitution 
  • James E. Foster: 61, of Charleston, for enticing for prostitution 
  • Ahmet Cercer: 38, of Charleston, for loitering for prostitution 
  • William C. Anderson: 67, of Ravenswood, for loitering for prostitution 
  • Anthony Clarence Hunter: 32, of Charleston, for simple possession of marijuana

The Special Enforcement Unit will conduct more of these stings in the future, and they will branch out into other parts of Charleston.

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