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Men charged in connection with undercover prostitution sting

March 22, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Two Hagerstown men and a South Carolina man were arrested Saturday during a Hagerstown Police Department Street Crimes Unit undercover prostitution sting, according to a written release from Sgt. Jim Robison.

Each of the men were charged with general prostitution in connection with allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer for sexual favors, according to the release.

Gerald Bernhisel, 59, of 570 Jefferson St. in Hagerstown, and Jimmy Sherlock, 54, of P.O. Box 7691 in North Augusta, S.C., each were charged with one count of general prostitution.

Jeff Washington, 44, of 837 Marbern Ave. in Hagerstown, faces charges of general prostitution, crack cocaine possession, distribution of crack cocaine, marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession.

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Washington allegedly offered the undercover officer crack cocaine in exchange for a sexual favor, according to the release.

The department's Downtown Bike Squad and patrol divisions assisted in the sting, the release states.

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