5 CHARGED IN SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION

  • 5 CHARGED IN SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION

    5 CHARGED IN SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION

    On Thursday July 12th 2018 Detectives with the Martinsburg Police Department conducted a targeted enforcement of solicitation of prostitution in the City of Martinsburg. The area of Winchester Avenue was selected for the detail due to citizen complaints and identification of that area by officers as highly trafficked by known prostitutes.

    Detectives utilized a female cooperating individual (CI) who was monitored visually, as well as with an audio/gps transmitter. The CI walked in the targeted area and was approached by various male suspects in vehicles. In each case the CI would get into the suspect’s vehicle and have a conversation with them in which an agreement was made to pay the CI an amount of money for an act of sex. MPD officers would then intervene and place the suspects under arrest. All suspects were arrested in the area of Winchester Avenue.

    The Martinsburg Police are committed to combating the ongoing problem of prostitution in the City of Martinsburg utilizing an investigative approach in which both the prostitutes, and customers are targeted.

     Defendant List

    Merle Flohr

    DOB January 8th 1947

    1229 Files Cross Roads Martinsburg WV

    Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution

    Willard Smith

    DOB December 31st 1964

    900 Virginia Avenue Apartment 2 Martinsburg WV

    Charges with Solicitation of Prostitution

    Troy Shanholtz

    DOB January 23rd 1971

    261 Hill Crest Drive Capon Bridge WV

    Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution

    James Carter

    DOB March 28th 1953

    2239 Lee Highway Mount Sidney Virginia

    Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution

    Peter Mynhier

    DOB July 22nd 1957

    483 Gantt Drive Martinsburg WV

    Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution and Felony Sex Abuse 1st Degree