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Community Pulse - October 31, 2008

Police suspect Internet prostitution in Danville

A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrests of two teenagers on prostitution charges, and could lead to further charges in what police say may be an Internet prostitution operation.

Lt. Mark Williams of the Danville Police Department said the incident occurred at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at the Best Western Motel on Camino Ramon. K-9 Officer Mike Ireland was on routine patrol when he saw four people getting into a vehicle outside the motel. The individuals seemed nervous and in a hurry to leave the motel parking lot.

Ireland ran the plates on the vehicle, which came back with no file. In making a second attempt to run the plates, Ireland noticed that the vehicle was missing its front plate, so he affected a traffic stop.

When two of the females gave Ireland false names he asked all four to exit the vehicle while his K-9 partner Donna conducted an exterior search of the vehicle. When the dog indicated it smelled something in the trunk a search was done, turning up a small amount of marijuana and a notebook containing payment information for sexual services, according to police reports.

The two women, both juveniles from Fresno, were taken into custody where they later admitted to prostitution, according to records. They are both being held on prostitution charges at Juvenile Hall in Martinez, as well as giving false information to a police officer. Drug possession charges were filed against one of the pair.

Williams said the investigation leads them to believe the foursome placed ads on Internet sites like Craigslist seeking clients for prostitution. He said they would stay in one place if they were making money, if not they would move on.

Investigators have contacted the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office and are seeking charges against the male and older female as pimps for the two juveniles. The pair could face charges of pimping a minor, reckless endangerment of juveniles, enticing a juvenile for prostitution, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

--Geoff Gillette