Ohio Woman Arrested for Running a Brothel in a Home Where a Child Lives

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An Ohio woman is accused of running a brothel inside her home. She shares that home with a 3-year-old child.

29-year-old Alysia Mericle was arrested Monday morning after she’d made a deal to have sex for money. That deal was made with an undercover detective.

Detectives ended up breaking down the door at her home after she slammed the door in their faces.

Police also found the 3-year-old and a nanny in the home.

“The nanny watches the child in the house while the mom engages in sexual activity,” Elyria police Captain Chris Costantino said.

Her landlord directed police to the popular-for-hookups web site Backpage.com, where cops say she advertised using the name “Cherry.” An undercover detective set up the meeting with her after contacting her there.

Charges may be filed against others involved in the brothel as well.

Investigators also found a crack pipe and prescription meds that didn’t belong to Ms. Mericle.

She’s was in court Tuesday charged with promoting prostitution, soliciting, endangering children, possession of drugs, and drug paraphernalia possession. She’s due back in court April 4th.

The 3-year-old child is now with a family member.

 

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