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Huntington Prostitution Sting Nets 36 Arrests, Citations


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Huntington Police Department has wrapped up an undercover prostitution sting that spanned from March to May.

Undercover officers were not just focused on those selling, they were also focused on the customers.

Officers zeroed in on the area between 2nd and 6th streets -- areas where neighbors have called in several complaints.

"A lot of times people, they are frustrated they see something and they make that phone call, and it's not that that call is not received," Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook explained, "but when you get repeated calls, especially from multiple sources, or whatever, that tells you have an immediate concern you need to address," he said.

Holbrook says these women are generally looking to feed their addiction which is why he says this is just one piece of the puzzle.

"We've got to drill down and address it from an addiction standpoint and if you are addicted you will demand drugs; you will resort to any means whether it is prostitution or property crime theft. It all comes back related to the core problem which is drug addiction."

Citation arrests have been issued for the following men busted as a part of a reversal sting:

  • William G. Ritton, 54 of West Hamlin, WV
  • Ralph Waldon Bauman II, 38 of Huntington, WV
  • Brian Steven Peliwo, 44 of Barboursville, WV
  • Hal Simpkins, Jr., 37 of Huntington, WV
  • Cody Aaron Hanley, 23 of Huntington, WV
  • Jerry Everett Dunbrack, 48 of Huntington, WV
  • Sean Scott Harbour, 29 of Huntington, WV
  • Merrill Eugene Harrison, 75 of Huntington, WV
  • Travis Lee Hudnall, 28 of Huntington, WV
  • Claude N. Whitt, 42 of Ashland, KY
  • Troy J. Donahoe, 31 of South Point, OH
  • Darrell E. Blake, Jr., 35 of Chesapeake, OH
  • Michael Lee Whitley, 30 of Proctorville, OH
  • Duke Orlando Geary, 29 of Kenova, WV
  • Chai Weston Moore, 30 of Huntington, WV
  • Franklin E. Waller, 47 of Fort Gay, WV
  • Carl David Clay, 50 of Huntington, WV
  • Michael E. DeMarco, 42 of South Point, OH
  • James Bradley Dalton, 35 of Huntington, WV

All of the men must appear in Huntington Municipal Court.

The following women have been arrested for prostitution:

  • Celeste K. Pierce, 34 of Huntington, WV
  • Allison M. Edwards, 25 of Huntington, WV
  • Brooke L. Moore, 31 of Huntington, WV
  • Natasha L. Estep, 29 of Kenova, WV
  • Courtney L. Webb, 23 of Huntington, WV
  • Karen E. Bennett, 30 of Huntington, WV
  • Penny S. Schmelter, 35 of Huntington, WV
  • Alecia D. Kay, 22 of Huntington, WV
  • Maria D. Birchfield, 41 of Huntington, WV
  • Danielle N. Landis, 22 of Huntington, WV
  • Stacy E. Gilpin, 40 of Huntington, WV
  • Unknown Juvenile
  • Kelly J. Stickler, 32 of Huntington, WV
  • Samantha E. Canterbury, 34 of Kenova, WV
  • Amber N. Billups, 27 of Huntington, WV
  • Debra L. Thacker, 33 of Huntington, WV

Eric L. Evans, 34 of Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested for Pimping for Prostitution Arrests.


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