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Multi-Agency Prostitution Sting; A Success In Jones County

The Jones County Sheriff’s Office and the Maysville Police Department teamed up with the Pollocksville Police Department and the Jacksonville Police Department’s Special Operations Division and initiated ‘Operation Room Service,’ a three day anti-prostitution campaign. The operation ran from Wednesday through Friday of last week (September 11th, 12th & 13th).

Prostitution is often linked to illicit drugs, violent assaults, sexually transmitted diseases and can ultimately have a devastating impact on individuals and their families. The sting targeted prostitutes and their clientele in an effort to send a clear cut message that illegal prostitution will not be tolerated in Jones County.

The area of the operation encompassed Pollocksville and Maysville. Undercover officers, male and female- from three agencies, posed as would be prostitutes and prospective clients in the Trent Motel in Pollocksville and at an undisclosed residential location in the Town of Maysville. Both locations were provided by citizens in support of the operation.

In all, eleven individuals were arrested and charged with crimes ranging from aid and abet prostitution, to attempted crimes against nature. While most of those arrested were male and female prostitutes, some were men showing up to pay for sex and others were those helping to facilitate the act of prostitution. ‘Operation Room Service’ was a huge success and would not have been possible without the full cooperation of the citizenry and all of the agencies involved.

~J.C.S.O. Public Information Officer

ASHLEY DEANNA VELEZ

Ashley Deanna Velez, 22 of 8293 Hwy 55 New Bern, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Maintain a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substance and Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $5,000 Secured.

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Carolyn Faye Kern, 53 of 1100A Edgewater Place, Morehead City, was arrested and charged with Aid and Abet Prostitution. Bond: $5,000 Unsecured.

Duncan, Daniel

Daniel Duncan, 30 of 401 Ridgeway Lane, Holly Ridge, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $5,000 Unsecured.

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Deanna Reese Covington, 47 of 105 Mill Pond Rd., Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution and Attempted Crime Against Nature. Bond: $500 Unsecured/$500 Secured.

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Dylan Axle Holton, 21 of 403 Clyde Drive, Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution and Solicit Crime Against Nature. Bond: $5,000 Unsecured.

JAMES WALTON WILLIAMS

James Walton Williams, 30 of 8293 Hwy 55 New Bern, was arrested and charged with Aid and Abet Prostitution, No Operators License and Unsealed Wine/Liquor in Passenger Area. Bond: $3,000 Secured.

JENNIFER JO NEIGER

Jennifer Jo Neiger, 47 of 117A Zack Circle, Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $2,000 Secured.

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Maurice Edwin Kern, 62 of 1100A Edgewater Place, Morehead City, was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Probation Violation and Aid and Abet Prostitution. Bond: $15,000 Secured. (Registered Sex Offender)

HARRIS,MICHAEL

Michael Hubert Harris, 51 of 20A Merry Lane, Greenville, was arrested and charged with two counts of Solicit for Prostitution and two counts of Solicit Crime Against Nature. Bond: $2,000 Secured.

Murray, Valerie aka Dreamer Murray

Valerie Amanda Murray AKA Dreamer Laletha Murrell, 27 of 501A Bridges Street, Morehead City, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $3,000 Unsecured. (Additional Charges Pending)

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Venita Jean Parker, 53 of 884 Roberts Rd. Lot 36, Newport, was arrested and charged with Solicit for Prostitution. Bond: $3,000 Unsecured.