STEUBENVILLE - City Police narcotics division, with assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, arrested 15 people Wednesday afternoon during an undercover prostitution sting.
Police reported all the arrests occurred in the downtown area, but were concentrated on North Street. Five women were arrested after detectives used undercover officers from Weirton and Wells Township police departments. Ten men were arrested after detectives used a female City Police employee posing as a prostitute.
"We have to do this periodically when they (prostitutes) become too visible," said City Police Chief William McCafferty.
He said seven out of the 10 males arrested live outside Steubenville. He said officers stop men in known prostitution areas for minor traffic offenses in an attempt to scare them out of the area. "The only way to stop them is to arrest them," he said.
McCafferty noted many of the females arrested are drug addicts and the prostitution just feeds their addiction.
"It is a vicious circle that leads to other crimes," he said.
David Workman, 52, of state Route 213, Irondale, a former county coroner's investigator who was indicted for taking a credit card from a deceased man at the morgue and using it at a strip club in Weirton, was among the 10 men charged with soliciting prostitution.
Men also charged with soliciting prostitution were: Andrew Taravella, 49, of 1311 Pennsylvania Ave.; David Vogel, 51, of 539 N. Fourth St.; Martin Moody, 56, of RD 1, Chester; Wesley Briggs, no age listed, Avella; Donald Myers, 47, of 517 Dresden Ave.; Donnie Morris, 31, 230 Logan Ave., Mingo Junction; Paul Bonecutter, 70, of township Road 200, Bloomingdale; Frank Sciabica, 82, Strabane, Pa.; and Robert Gildow, 54, of Bridgeport.
The following females were charged with soliciting prostitution: Tera Tweedyle, 32, of 733 Rosswell Ave.; Rhonda Wick, 39, of 220 North St.; Liette Artman, 19, of 139 Forestview Drive, Wintersville; Angela Massey, 44, 524 S. Fifth St.; and Tracy Summers, 31, of 1330 Pennsylvania Ave.
The 15 people charged in the prostitution roundup were issued citations because of the lack of space at the Jefferson County jail and ordered to appear today in municipal court.
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