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Manchester prostitution sting nets eight arrests

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 20. 2017 12:40AM



MANCHESTER — An early-morning prostitution sting by city police near Enright Park dubbed “Operation Breakfast Club” resulted in eight arrests on Monday.

According to Manchester Police Lt. Brian O’Keefe, Monday’s sting operation — the third such prostitution-related enforcement effort held in the city since June — ended with the arrests of six men and two women. All were charged with prostitution related charges and posted bail.

“Manchester police continue to work on improving the quality of life for all Manchester residents, while addressing prostitution complaints in the area of Enright Park,” said O’Keefe in a statement.

The first arrest occurred at 7:50 a.m. Monday, when police say a plainclothes female officer was approached by a man on Lincoln Street, identified as Edwin Arroyo Batista, 43, of Manchester, who solicited sexual favors for money. According to police, Batista allegedly agreed to exchange money for sexual favors. He was later pulled over by a marked police unit and arrested without incident on prostitution-related offenses.

Batista posted $500 personal recognizance bail, and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on October 19.

Then, at 7:55 a.m., police reported a plainclothes officer was standing in front of Enright Park when a man identified as Andre Benson, 49, operating a black GMC Denali, stopped near her on Lincoln Street. According to police the officer approached the truck and spoke with Benson, and they allegedly agreed to exchange money in return for sexual favors. The officer then signaled for a marked unit to stop the Denali, and Benson was arrested without incident on prostitution-related charges. He was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on October 12.

At 8:45 a.m. Monday, Manchester police Detective Eric Joyal was patrolling in an unmarked police vehicle when he reported seeing a 2008 GMC Envoy stop on Merrimack Street, near Maple Street, where the driver engaged in a conversation with a woman. According to Joyal, he followed the vehicle to Weston Tower on Oak Hill Drive, after observing the woman enter the truck. Joyal reported seeing the pair engaging in lewd behavior, and arrested both Edward Marsi, 37, of Danville, and Patience Stone, 23, of Manchester, without incident. Marsi was charged with indecent exposure and prostitution related offenses, while Stone was charged with prostitution.

Marsi posted $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Oct. 19. Stone was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court on Oct. 20.

At 9:40 a.m., police allege Andres Santos Ventura, 42, of Manchester approached a plainclothes officer standing on Manchester Street, near Beech Street, and solicited sexual favors for money. A marked police unit stopped Ventura in a motor vehicle on Central Street and arrested him without incident on prostitution-related offenses. Ventura posted $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Oct. 20.

The next arrest occurred at 10:30 a.m. in the area of Beech and Manchester streets, when police allege Paul Gagnon, 74, of Franklin approached a plainclothes officer and offered her money in exchange for sexual favors. He was pulled over a short time later and taken into custody without incident.

Gagnon was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Oct. 20.

Manchester police Detective Aaron Brown was patrolling in an unmarked police vehicle when he reported seeing a woman standing on Manchester Street, near Maple Street, around 11:30 a.m.

According to Brown the woman, identified as Ashley Berube, 19, of Manchester, made eye contact with him and he stopped on Manchester Street as she approached his vehicle. According to police Berube got into Brown’s car and agreed to exchange money for sexual favors, so he signaled for a marked unit. Officers pulled them over and arrested Berube without incident on a prostitution charge. She was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Oct. 19.

The final arrest of the day came at 3 p.m. Monday in the area of Manchester Street between Beech and Maple streets.

According to police, a plainclothes officer was standing on Manchester Street when a man, identified as Gary Gemmott, 59, of Franklin, pulled up in a blue sedan and started a conversation. According to police, Gemmott agreed to exchange money for sexual favors, then was stopped by police and arrested on prositution-related charges without incident. He was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Oct. 24.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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