A website featuring advertisements for escorts and massage services led police to arrests made last weekend in the Ocean City prostitution and human trafficking case, according to documents from charge.
The investigation began with a May 18 advertisement on Backpage.com titled “Do you want chocolate (new photo) – 35”, which invited men in the Ocean City area to contact a “provocatively posing woman “later identified as 37 years old. -old Catina Register if they were willing to compensate her for her time, according to the load documents.
An undercover detective contacted Register, who told the detective to “prepare this donation from the start.” When Register arrived at a location on 7th Street in Ocean City, documents show that she agreed to provide an undercover detective with sexual favors in exchange for $ 180.
Register was later arrested and found to contain a glass pipe containing crack residue, police said. According to the prosecution documents, she was charged with prostitution, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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Police pursued a second advertisement on May 19 titled “Relaxing Massage Therapy” which offered a full body massage. Prosecution documents say officers arranged to meet the pictured woman, Andrea Presock, 34, at the same location on 7th Street, where she offered a blowjob to an officer in exchange for $ 100. Presock has been charged with prostitution.
Detectives also arrested Randi Paicek, 31, the driver who filed Register, for possession of drug paraphernalia because there were used syringes and a plastic spoon in his car, prosecution documents show.
Three more arrests were made after officers responded to an advertisement on May 20 titled “Have fun with Two Ocean City’s favorite party girl, I’m back in high demand.”
When detectives contacted Demetria Gregory, 28, who published the ad, documents show she offered to bring a friend to the 7th Street store.
Later that evening, detectives met with Gregory and his friend, Lachaye Hoskins, 25, who each agreed to perform sex acts in exchange for $ 200, court documents show. The two women were arrested and charged with prostitution and questioned about Baseem Taliaferro, 31, the man police saw the women drop off.
Prosecution documents show Gregory knew Taliaferro through Hoskins, who lived near him, but told police: “He’s not my pimp.”
However, she also said he was aware of the advertisements and drove the New Jersey couple to Ocean City in his car where he dropped them off at “several different stops.”
Detectives arrested Taliaferro on two counts of pimping after making inconsistent statements about whether he knew Gregory and Hoskins. Detectives found packages of condoms, handbags and women’s clothing inside the car.
A May 24 Ocean City Police press release also said the investigation resulted in the arrest of Charles Lessner, 31, on a pending warrant for failing to appear in court.