_ny state fair stings nab 18 alleged prostitutes and a sex trafficker _ ______syracuse. com

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SYRACUSE, NY — Nearly 30 people were arrested across five days of the New York State Fair for crimes including and associated with prostitution, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced at a multi-agency news conference Tuesday morning.

The 18 suspected prostitutes and 11 people alleged to have profited from them were arrested through a “sting” operation, though Fitzpatrick would not describe exactly how it worked


because law enforcement agencies intend to repeat the same operation. He did mention a “secure location” that was under surveillance as being part of the operation.

The suspected prostitutes range in age from 21 to 46. Fitzpatrick said it’s common for people to become prostitutes after getting addicted to drugs and becoming involved with “unsavory individuals”. As it was a sting operation, there were no “johns” arrested.

Fitzpatrick said the stings were held to coincide with the State Fair, which draws thousands of visitors from around the area.

District Attorney William Fitzpatrick was joined by a number of local and federal law enforcement agencies to announce the sting arrests of nearly 30 people accused of profiting from or engaging in prostitution. Patrick Lohmann | Syracuse. com

“People think prostitution is a victimless crime,” he said. “I can assure you it’s anything but.”

Fitzpatrick said the people accused of prostitution could be prosecuted through a diversionary court in hopes of preventing jail time and connecting them with services.

One man, Jason Pride, 39, is facing charges including sex trafficking, a class B felony, in addition to promoting prostitution and assault for forcing two women into sex to pay their debt for drugs, Fitzpatrick said, and allegedly burning one of them with a cigarette.

In addition to Pride, nine people were arrested for allegedly promoting prostitution, a misdemeanor, for profiting or advancing from prostitution.

Also, Matthew Rathburn, 38, of New Hampshire was arrested in October for trying to meet up for sex with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Instead, he ran into law enforcement and “got the … surprise of his life,” Fitzpatrick said.

Local and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in the stings.

Federal prosecutors also announced the criminal charges against Larry J. Webber, 53, who tried to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex, according to court documents, after being contacted through the Craigslist “Casual Encounters” forum. He’s accused of using the Internet to try to entice a minor into sex.

The names of those arrested are:

For allegedly promoting prostitution

Anthony S. Baris, age 56, of Syracuse

Julian A. Byer, age 35, of Syracuse

Curtis E. Clark, age 51, of Syracuse

Aleya C. Dumont, age 19, of Syracuse

Cajua D. Edwards, age 22, of Syracuse

Brian K. Jones, age 38,of Syracuse

Joseph M. Lydon, age 23, of Salina

Julian D. Mansaw, age 27, of Syracuse

Michael J. Slater, age 52, of Clay

For alleged prostitution:

Brittney D. Adams, age 27, of Tully

Danielle L. Bezak, age 28, of Fulton

Jessica A. Bliss, age 28, of Syracuse

Lamar J. Boyd, age 26, of Syracuse

Taylor M. Brown, age 28, of Syracuse

Kathryn M. Lesswing, age 35, of Manlius

Summer S. Longtin, age 21, of Hastings

Kristen A. May, age 31, of Solvay

Lauren D. O’Connor, age 28, of Manlius

Angela L. Pike, age 39, of Clay

Ceaira D. Rapholz, age 24, of Syracuse

Kimberly M. Samson, age 46, of Syracuse

Jacqelyn Scoville, age 44, of Fulton

Jessica M. Stevens, age 34, of Clay

Anne M. Trombino, age 30, of Fayetteville

Idalia Valles, age 35, from of Syracuse

Amanda H. Velez, age 34, of Syracuse

Candice N. Walters, age 27, of Baldwinsville

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