BRUNSWICK, Maine — Four Cumberland County law enforcement agencies on Thursday announced that 11 people — including a Brunswick woman and a man from Woolwich — have be charged as a result of an investigation by a joint task force into a prostitution operation.
Eight of the suspects were charged as a result of incidents that allegedly took place Tuesday and Wednesday at a hotel in an undisclosed community, Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Earlier this summer, three women — 49-year-old Norma Greenleaf of Brunswick, Angela Cloutier of Bridgton and 32-year-old Carolyn Deberry of Gray — were charged with engaging in prostitution. Greenleaf also was charged with possession of scheduled drugs.
After those arrests, a joint task force made up of investigators from the Bridgton Police Department, Brunswick Police Department, Yarmouth Police Department and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office began investigating prostitution in the area. That investigation culminated with this week’s sting.
Charged this week with engaging in prostitution were Spencer Richie, 49, of Woolwich; Todd Donatello, 49, of Falmouth; Newell Perkins, 69, of Ogunquit; Chad Roper, 32, of Kennebunk; Joseph Miller, 45, of Portland; and Erick Van’Savage, 50, of New Hartford, N.Y.
Eric Mayo, 25, of Saco was charged this week with promotion of prostitution and a violation of probation, and 26-year-old Samantha Pecoraro of Yarmouth was charged with engaging in prostitution.
According to Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce, a female sheriff’s deputy posed as a prostitute and conducted more than 150 phone calls with men seeking to pay for sex.
Goulet said the men who were arrested made appointments and arrived at the hotel prepared to pay for sex.
“These types of contacts and crimes have ruined countless families and have resulted in the spread of disease to those who are unaware of their partner’s activity,” Joyce wrote in a release.
Goulet said one of the men arrested acknowledged that he previously engaged in similar activity and had “brought a sexually transmitted disease home to his wife.”
The task force will continue to investigate prostitution in Cumberland County — now frequently advertised on the website Backpage.com, according to Goulet. Part of their motivation, police said, is eradicating the crimes that accompany prostitution, such as robbery, assault, drug offenses and theft.
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