Five busted during Newport News prostitution sting
Five people were arrested last Friday during an internet prostitution operation conducted by the Newport News Police Department.
The operation was conducted in the central part of the city and targeted prostitutes through an internet website.
Once a connection was made, an undercover male officer made arrangements to meet the prostitute at a specific location.
Due to future operations, the location of the arrests and the name of the website involved will not be released.
- April Renee Harris, 31, of the 400 block of Walnut Street in Hampton
- Charged with prostitution, false information to police and possession of cocaine
- Mrs. Harris also had outstanding warrants for contempt of court and failure to appear
- James Edward Merritt, 56, of the 3500 block of Buckingham Street in Norfolk
- Charged with using a vehicle to promote prostitution
- Sheri Jean Kilgore-Nelson, 47, of the first block of Pioneer Way in Hampton
- Charged with possession of cocaine
- Jennifer C. Okene, 24, of the 500 block of Bellwood Road in Newport News
- Charged with prostitution and using a vehicle to promote prostitution
- Crystal Pagan, 26, of the 1000 block of Rugby Street in Norfolk
- Charged with two counts of prostitution