PORTLAND, Maine — Two men are facing charges after their arrest Friday afternoon during an undercover prostitution sting.
Michael Kusnirak, 55, of Scarborough and Orlando Perez, 44, of Portland are facing multiple charges, according to Portland City Spokeswoman Nicole Clegg.
Clegg said the undercover operation was in response to residents in the Parkside neighborhood who have complained that men have been following them seeking sex.
Kusnirak and Perez were nabbed after they approached an undercover Portland officer at the corner of Congress and Weymouth streets and offered her money in exchange for sex, Clegg said.
A records check on Perez also revealed he changed his name from Orlando Deperez, Clegg said. That suspect has past convictions for gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact, and has a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. Since changing his name, he had not registered with Portland police.
In addition to being charged with engaging a prostitute, Perez is accused of possession of cocaine and failure to comply with the sex offender registry, while Kusnirak is charged with engaging a prostitute. Both men are being held at the Cumberland County Jail.