W.Va. woman faces prostitution charge

July 16, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was charged with soliciting prostitution Thursday after she allegedly worked out a deal with a confidential informant to perform a sexual act for $50, according to police.

Stacia Benedict White, 40, of 815 W. Virginia Ave., was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge and taken to Eastern Regional Jail on $5,000 bail.

Detective Sgt. George Swartwood and Patrolman Michael St. Clair, with the Martinsburg Police Department, investigated the case.

"We are experiencing some complaints of prostitution and we are addressing them as they come in," Swartwood said. "Is it a major problem? No."


Police said the incident took place at War Memorial Park, but Swartwood said the city park is not a site for prostitution. Parents who take their children to the park have no reason to worry, he said.

The park simply was the place the confidential informant knew he could meet with White, Swartwood said.

According to records filed in Magistrate Court, White and the informant, identified only as "CI Cold," met in a car at the park just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

White offered to perform three separate sexual acts for $100, but the informant narrowed it down to one sexual act for $50, police allege.

At that time, White accepted $50 in marked bills and said the money would last for 20 minutes, according to police. White told the man that another $20 would allow him to spend 10 more minutes with her, police said.

After agreeing to the terms, the pair drove off and then were pulled over. White then was taken into custody, records state.

Conviction on a charge of soliciting prostitution carries a penalty of 60 days to six months in jail and a fine of $50 to $100.

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