Nine Facing Charges after Prostitution Roundup

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police made nine arrests in a prostitution roundup Monday.

The sting was part of an undercover investigation by the Special Empowerment Unit.

Everyone arrested was charged with first, second or third offenses.

Below is a complete list of those arrested in connection with the sting:

  • Celeste Pierce, DOB 9-16-78, 2nd Offense Prostitution
  • Penny Schmelter, DOB 9-20-77, 1st Offense Prostitution
  • Maria Burchfield, DOB 3-29-72, 3rd Offense Prostitution
  • Samantha Canterbury, DOB 7-10-78, 3rd Offense Prostitution
  • Jacquelin Lucas, DOB 2-14-81, Arrest citation for Possession
  • Susan Hatfield, DOB 7-25-78, Active warrant for Property Crime
  • Monica Gibbs, DOB 2-15-72, Possession with intent
  • Virgil Richardson, DOB 8-1-69, Possession with intent
  • Female juvenile, Prostitution
  • Karen Bennett, DOB 11-24-78, 1st Offense Prostitution

    Four of the people that were arrested were picked up for the third time, which means a felony charge.


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