BREWER, Maine — Four local women face prostitution charges after a sting conducted Wednesday afternoon by Brewer police.
Charged with engaging in prostitution were Coleen Singer, 31, of Bangor; Shaina Tibbetts, 25, of Old Town; Amanda Wallace, 25, of Bangor; and Heather Nadeau, 25, of Bangor, Brewer police Lt. Chris Martin said Friday evening.
Singer had a previous prostitution conviction from a similar sting two years ago, Martin said.
While Martin said police did not find any evidence that human trafficking played a role, police do believe that one of the women charged this week was working to support a drug habit.
Martin said the charges were the result of a two-week investigation into possible prostitution taking place in a Brewer motel prompted by a complaint lodged by a concerned citizen.
“So we checked it out,” he said.
The sting was organized by Sgt. Jay Munson and focused on escorts who were advertising their services on a free classified website, Martin said.
Cpl. Steve Boyd, Detective Kristie Bouchard, Officer Thom Tardiff, Officer Amy Nickerson and Officer Mike Wilson were also assigned to the investigation, Martin said.
On the day of the sting, an undercover officer posing as a client met with the women at a Brewer motel and discussed the details of sexual transactions with them.
“When they met the statutory requirements [for prostitution], they were charged,” he said, adding that no actual sexual activity took place.
Wednesday’s sting in Brewer was at least the third of its kind since 2009, when Brewer police arrested six local women and the owner of a Bangor escort service that had been around for more than 12 years. The owner had previously been convicted on prostitution charges and went by the names “Cinnamon” and “Delight” in her online escort advertisements.
More recently, a sting in 2012 resulted in prostitution charges against four women and a charge of promotion of prostitution against one woman’s boyfriend.
Martin said that two other women Brewer police interviewed as part of the investigation, but who were not charged as part of the recent sting, admitted to having $1,000-a-day drug habits. Those women were arrested on warrants and Brewer police encouraged them to get help for their addictions.
“That’s the question we pose to you. If you want help, it’s available right here in Brewer,” Martin said, adding that the Bangor Area Recovery Network serves people from all walks of life working to rise above a variety of addictions.
“It’s a hell of a good recovery network and it doesn’t cost a penny,” he said.
For information about the Bangor Area Recovery Network, call 561-9444.