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Apr 10, 2016 8:41 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Seven Arrested In Prostitution Sting In Riverside Friday Night

Apr 12, 2016 9:19 AM

Nine people were arrested overnight on Friday as part of a prostitution sting targeting the hamlet of Riverside.

In response to complaints from residents and business owners over the visible and frequent solicitation of prostitutes taking place in public, members of the Southampton Town Police Department’s Community Response Unit set up a sting operation employing a police officer posing as a prostitute.

The operation nabbed seven men, each charged with patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor, while two other men were arrested for unrelated crimes.

Arrested in the prostitution sting were: Steven Jay Stoeckert, 40, of Southold; Felton Robinson, 55, of Islip; Ivan Pacheco, 33, of Hampton Bays; Hector Porfirio, 55, of Riverhead; Calvin. R. Brown, 34, of Brentwood; Earl Baxter, 61, of Southampton; and Carlos Palacios, 27, of Flanders. Mr. Stoeckert was also charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, authorities said.

Also, a 52-year-old Riverhead man was charged with having an open alcoholic container, a violation, and a 17-year-old man, also from Riverhead, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, also a violation.

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THANK YOU, SHTPD! Make the johns think twice, and that'll be a good start!


By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Apr 10, 16 9:10 AM
Great job yet again!!!! Bravo!
By SqueakyWheel (28), Flanders, New York on Apr 10, 16 11:02 AM
We need to get the real prostitutes off the street. Job half way done. How about a sting to nab those girls.
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Apr 10, 16 11:45 AM
Make the customers too nervous to frequent the area, the merchants won't be strolling there waiting for business.

Every little bit helps!

Keep it up SHTPD!


By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Apr 11, 16 12:05 AM
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Not that it shouldn't be enforced and the STPD is to be commended but IMO you will never put a dent into the oldest profession in the world.
By dnice (2345), Hampton Bays on Apr 10, 16 6:43 PM
that may be true but they can't sell their goods in view of the public.
By mtkfish (59), montauk on Apr 11, 16 9:43 AM
That was one area where there was some revenue coming in,now we are shutting it down..thought it was part of the revitalization plan a river walk and bridge who is bgoing to use it now
By watchdog1 (537), Southampton on Apr 11, 16 1:32 PM
They will be able to move their operations to the new Good Ground Park in HB. The Town and the taxpayers are building the criminals beautiful new digs to move in to.
By Babyboo (290), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 16 6:50 PM
or just stop for a "drink" at the new CB's....
By jams (128), hampton bays on Apr 11, 16 8:22 PM
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By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 1:24 PM
Why is it inappropriate to mention the other house of ill repute right in Southampton village? It is truly there - check it out cops!
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 7:53 PM
The Hampton Classic, Horse Show, Bridgehampton