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Manchester police go after prostitution near Enright Park

Union Leader staff
July 14. 2017 2:34PM
Top row from left, Vivian Gaudet, Kaitlyn Koester, Sheldon Hill, Thomas Fournier and Nichole Pelletier. Bottom row from left, Kelly McAndrew, Bridgette Lebedew, Cathy Hill, Lemus Rodriguez and Jeromy Woodey. (Courtesy)

MANCHESTER — A police effort to address quality-of-life issues in the area of Enright Park has 10 people facing prostitution charges.

Dubbed “Operation Poison Ivy”, undercover officers posed either as prostitutes or men seeking prostitutes. They hit the streets Thursday afternoon until early Friday morning.

Four men were taken into custody after allegedly approaching female plainclothes officers walking near the park, according to police. The officer posing as the prostitute would arrange to have the man meet her nearby; she’d then signal other officers in marked units to make the arrest.

Lemus Rodriguez, 29, Jeromy Woodey, 34, and Sheldon Hill, 75, all of Manchester, and Thomas Fournier, 55, of Laconia, were charged with soliciting sexual acts for money, police said.

Woodey was scheduled to appear in court Friday. The others were released on personal recognizance bond and given Aug. 17 court dates.

Before the night was over, six women also were arrested after being approached by an undercover detective in an unmarked vehicle and agreeing to perform sexual acts for money.

Bridgette Lebedew, 37, of Manchester was first to be arrested, about 8:40 p.m. Kelly McAndrew, 41, no fixed address, was arrested just 10 minutes later. Kaitlyn Koester, 30, was arrested at 9:20 p.m., Vivian Gaudet, 54, at 10:45 p.m., Cathy Hill, 49, at 10:45 p.m. and Nichole Pelletier, 32, at 12:25 a.m. They are all of Manchester.

McAndrew, Koester, Gaudet, Hill and Pelletier all were released on $1,000 personal recognizance bond and scheduled to appear Aug. 17 at 9th Circuit Court-District Division in Manchester.

Lebedew was held, as she had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court and is charged with violating bail conditions as well.


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