KITTERY, Maine — Two women from Maine and one from New Hampshire were arrested on prostitution charges Wednesday, following an undercover sting by Kittery police.
The women were all arrested following three separate solicitation attempts at an undisclosed Kittery hotel. All had been contacted through one of two Internet sites, Backpage and Craigslist, police said. York police detectives aided in the investigation.
As a result of the online communication, the three agreed to meet with an undercover police officer and solicited sex, police said.
Arrested were Amy Boutin, 34, of Biddeford, and Nedra Levasseur, 30, of South Portland, who face identical charges of engaging in prostitution, possession of scheduled drugs and violation of conditions of release. Also arrested was Ryanne McCann, 26, of Rollinsford, N.H., who faces a charge of engaging in prostitution.
According to interim Police Chief Theodor Short, Kittery police had made a prostitution arrest in December. As a result of that arrest, police began to monitor the two classified ad sites on a regular basis, leading to Wednesday’s incidents.
Kittery police will continue to actively monitor these Web sites in the future, he said.
“We want to send a message that this type of activity is not going to be tolerated in Kittery and those violating the law relating to prostitution will face criminal prosecution,” Short said.
The drugs involved in the arrest of Boutin and Levasseur were prescription medications, according to Short.
York police detectives were called in to assist in the investigation, although Short declined to specify in what capacity.
Boutin and Levasseur were not able to make bail and were taken to York County Jail. No arraignment date has been set. McCann was bailed and is expected to appear in York District Court on March 6.