December 7 2014

Police Arrest Eight in Prostitution Sting

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Police Department conducted a prostitution sting late last week and netted eight suspects, seven men and one woman. 

 

According to a release, the Burlington Police Department arrested seven men and one women during a prostitution sweep on Friday evening.

The Burlington police Detective Unit conducted a reverse sting to target “johns” on Friday, in an effort to drive prostitution away from Burlington, the release states. A female police officer posted ads on a website known for hosting classified ads offering sex for a fee. 

"In conducting these operations, the Burlington Police Department is seeking to send a loud, clear message to those who want to engage in prostitution and would bring women here for the same purpose: Do not bring your business to Burlington," Chief Michael Kent said. "There is no room for this kind of elicit activity in our community."

While the sting operation was intended to target customers, in the course of monitoring the sting advertisement, Burlington detectives observed a female advertising sex from another Burlington Hotel, the release states. Detectives contacted her, made an appointment, and arrested her after an agreement was made to purchase sex.

Additionally, seven men attempted to purchase sex from the undercover female officer, and they were arrested. The eight suspects were charged with Sexual Conduct for a Fee. They are:

• Ronald Amoling, 51, of Gardner.

• Mohsen Behnam, 33, of Worcester.

• Nicholas Bittner, 44, of Woburn.

• Brendand McElhiney, 28, of Lunenberg. 

• Daniel Morneault, 23, of Tewksbury. 

• Rajesh Patel, 46, of Burlington. 

• Thomas Shea, 51, of Uxbridge.  

 

Addtionally, police arrested Dimitria Chakalis-Haley, 56, of Stoneham. Chakalis-Haley was the women who allegedly posted an ad offering sex for a fee in a different Burlington hotel.

"Prostitution is anything but a so-called victimless crime," said Burlington Police Detective Sergeant Timothy McDonough, who led the sting. "Human trafficking is a serious issue that involves the exploitation of women and children, and their tormentors use these same classified ads websites to do business. By targeting these methods, we want both parties to think twice before coming to Burlington."

The eight individuals arrested will be arraigned tomorrow in Woburn District Court. 

 

Photo Courtesy Burlington Police Department

 
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