12 arrested for prostitution in Polk County

10:58 AM, Jan 8, 2011   |    comments
Tanya Mutcherson, one of 12 women arrested on prostitution charges in Polk County
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Lakeland, Florida -- Polk County detectives arrested 12 women after receiving  complaints of prostitution activity in Lakeland.

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An undercover operation was conducted that focused mainly on the areas of Ohio Street, Wabash Avenue, and Arizona Avenue.

Of the 12 suspects arrested, eight had three or more prior arrests for prostitution, and those eight were charged with Third or Subsequent Offense to Solicit Prostitution.

Those arrested were:

  • Valerie C. Black, DOB 09/24/1962; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Casey L. Brown, DOB 10/12/1991; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Damisha Carlton, DOB 08/18/1978; charges: Offer to Commit Lewdness
  • Tammy Fussell, DOB 01/06/1974; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Tanya Mutcherson, DOB 03/29/1989; charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Dawn E. Putnam, DOB 09/28/1967; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense), and Warrant served for Violation of Probation
  • Lisette Rosa, DOB 09/18/1970; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Diane Scoville, DOB 06/10/1970; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Zulika Smith, DOB 10/27/1961; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense)
  • Shalonda Timmons, DOB 02/02/1985, of 1608 Georgetown Dr in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Gina Wolter, DOB 03/22/1966; charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Misty Young, DOB 07/16/1982; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense), Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Battery

"Many of these women we arrested have several other past offenses and prior arrests - they often prostitute themselves in order to purchase illegal narcotics, and they appear to have little respect for the laws that the rest of us obey," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd in a press release. "We will continue to put criminals like these behind bars and continue to get our message across that we will not tolerate crimes like these."

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