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Woman charged with prostitution has multiple identities

Police say she has 13 different aliases, nine dates of birth and 10 different Social Security numbers

August 13, 2010|By DON AINES
  • Kristen Heather Ricketts
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A woman charged with prostitution Friday morning in Hagerstown was unable to get her $3,000 bail reduced after it was discovered that she uses multiple names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

Kristen Heather Ricketts, 52, of Hagerstown, was arrested by a plainclothes Hagerstown Police officer in the first block of North Prospect Street, according to Washington County District Court records.

"In Maryland, the defendant has 13 different aliases on her rap sheet, nine dates of birth and 10 different Social Security numbers," Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCormack said Friday.

Ricketts' record showed she had used five Social Security numbers in Virginia, McCormack said.

"I'm a little concerned with your appearing in court" for future court dates, District Judge Dana Moylan Wright told Ricketts.

The officer was patrolling North Prospect Street in an unmarked car at 2:38 a.m. when he spotted Ricketts, "a known prostitute to this area," the statement of probable cause said. He pulled over and asked her "if she knew where I could find a date," the statement said.

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"You're looking at it," police allege Ricketts said. She negotiated a price of $30 for her to perform a sexual act on the officer and then got into the car, the statement said. A marked police cruiser then pulled over the vehicle and Ricketts was taken into custody, the statement said.

The conversation between Ricketts and the officer was monitored by another officer over an open cell phone line, the statement said.

McCormack listed a number of convictions Ricketts has had in Maryland since 2000, but only one of them -- in 2009 -- was for prostitution.

Wright asked Ricketts if there were any factors she should consider in whether her bail should be lowered.

Ricketts said she was employed and did "accounting and legal work" for an accounting firm in Middletown, Md.

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