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Fourth person in seven days faces prostitution charge in Martinsburg

July 28, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man arrested Thursday by Martinsburg Police Department officers is the fourth person to be charged with solicitation of prostitution in seven days, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Waverly Lakirkus Griffin, 45, of 615 N. Queen St., was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who set a $2,500 bond for the case, according to court records.

Griffin allegedly agreed to have sex with an informant working for the police department about 4:45 p.m., according to a complaint filed by Detective Sgt. G.B. Swartwood.

He was arrested in a parking lot in the 500 block of South Raleigh Street near the future Berkeley County Judicial Center, police said.

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The informant told arresting officers that Griffin entered his vehicle near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and West King Street, Swartwood said.

While traveling on King Street, they discussed possible sexual acts in exchange for money, police said. The agreed upon deal involved $60 for three different acts, police said.

Griffin is the second male to be charged with solicitation of prostitution since Friday.

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