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Woman faces prostitution charge in Martinsburg

August 26, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - For the fourth time in a little more than a month, police have made a prostitution arrest in Martinsburg.

Cheri Ann Marchesani, 32, of 2452 Martins Landing Circle, Martinsburg, was charged with the misdemeanor count Tuesday night.

Marchesani is the fourth woman charged with prostitution since July 15.

Martinsburg Police Department officers have pledged to try to stop prostitution in the downtown area.

The case involving Marchesani began at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, when Patrolman Michael St. Clair, working undercover, said he met with Marchesani in the 200 block of East Burke Street.

When Marchesani got in the car she asked the undercover officer whether he was a cop and whether he was married, police said. St. Clair responded that he was not a cop and that he was married but had been fighting with his wife, police said.

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After saying she would perform oral sex, Marchesani told the officer to drive to a warehouse on North Maple Avenue, records allege.

While driving to the spot, Marchesani quoted a price of $25 and refused to settle for $20, saying she needed to buy a pill, records allege.

At the warehouse, Marchesani again asked the officer whether he was a cop, prompting the officer to take $25 from his pocket. When Marchesani asked him to perform a specific act, he identified himself as a police officer, records state. Detective Sgt. George Swartwood and Chief Ted Anderson arrived and took Marchesani into police custody, records state.

Conviction on a charge of prostitution carries a sentence of 60 days to six months in jail.

Three other recent arrests also were made in downtown Martinsburg.

On July 15, Stacia Benedict White, 40, of 815 West Virginia Ave., Martinsburg, was charged with solicitation of prostitution after leaving War Memorial Park.

On Aug. 10, Tina Marie Starcher, 37, of 117 Centre St., Martinsburg, was charged with solicitation of prostitution. She was arrested near the intersection of West Martin Street and Tennessee Avenue, police said.

Also on Aug. 10, Stacy Rene Buracker-Hernandez, 31, of Rt. 1 Box 365, Inwood, W.Va., was cited for prostitution and indecent exposure following an alleged incident at the intersection of King Street and Winchester Avenue, police have said.

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