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Men, women cited following prostitution crackdown

Several men and women in New Hanover County were cited recently following an undercover prostitution operation, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office. Several men and women in New Hanover County were cited recently following an undercover prostitution operation, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Several suspects in New Hanover County were cited recently following an undercover prostitution operation, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

Several people were cited for offering sex acts for money and engaged in soliciting prostitution.

The following suspects were cited, and any additional charges are listed as follows:

Women

-Kristol Lawson* (UPDATE: The charge against Kristol Lawson was dismissed on February 12, 2013, according to court records.)

-Rhianna Wilson (engaging in conversation for the purpose of procuring or soliciting sexual intercourse for money)

-Shannon Pedreso

Men

-Stanley Hollingsworth

-Tyler Sugden

-Christopher Bunch

-Jeremy Newton

-Bradley Denney

-Richard Garry

-Michale Jones

The operation was sparked by multiple complaints from citizens.

"Prostitution has been a growing concern in our community," said Captain Ciamillo of the NHSO Vice and Narcotics Division in a statement. "There is a known connection between prostitution and narcotics use and it's very concerning to us."

Audwin Lamar Jones was also charged at the time of the undercover operation in connection to selling drugs in the area. (UPDATE: Jones served his time and has since said he is committed to turning around his life.)

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