29 named in AC prostitution sting arrests
ATLANTIC CITY - June 24, 2012 (WPVI) -- The Atlantic City Police Department has charged 29 people in a prostitution sting.
The arrests were conducted on Friday night as part of the FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative entitled "Operation Cross Country VI."
The FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative targets individuals or groups that traffic minors for the purpose of prostitution.
"The Atlantic City Police Department is committed to hosting these types of operations and they will continue throughout the year," Lieutenant James Sarkos of the ACPD Special Investigations Section said in a statement.
The 29 arrested range in age from 19 to 51 and hail from cities including Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas.
The following individuals were arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution.
All were remanded to the Atlantic County Justice facility on $1,000 to $2,000 cash bail set.
1. Brice, Rashidah 22 of Claymont, Delaware
2. Coyle, Jessica 19 of Gardena, California
3. Taggert, Nishi 19 of Fresno, California
4. Nance, Alexis 20 of Avon Park, Florida
5. Hughes, Stacey 34 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
6. Johnson, Renee 23 of Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
7. Nelson, Porla 27 of Fresno, California
8. Rodgers, Bertha 41 of Tewksbury, New Jersey
9. Barnes, Elisha 49 of Pleasantville, New Jersey
10. Howard Jr., Zachary 34 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
11. Mariscal, Michelle 30 of Medesto, California
12. Knox, Tina 32 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
13. Mitchell, Latonya 43 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
14. Santiago, Amanda 21 of Gloucester, New Jersey
15. Thomas, Lateesha 22 of Camden, New Jersey
16. Conover, Christine 51 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
17. Washington, Jaleasa 22 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18. Higgins, Nicole 23 of Las Vegas Nevada
19. Thorpe, Marketa 24 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
20. Patterson, Ashley 21 of Winter Garden, Florida
21. Marsden, Brittany 22 of Orlando, Florida
22. Bernat, Tawny 20 of Elmer, New Jersey
23. Ware, Christina 21 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
24. Nepote, Temalisi 20 of Salt Lake City, Utah
25. Roman, Samantha 24 of Newark, New Jersey
26. Russo, Maria 27 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
27. Morales, Yesenia 21 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
28. King, Diana 31 of Margate, New Jersey
29. Demartino, Nikilina 30 of Atlantic City, New Jersey
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