Police charged an East Stroudsburg woman with prostitution and also the man they say managed her following a sting at a Scranton hotel Saturday.
Members of the Scranton Street Crimes Unit found what they called an "advertisement" on a website — one prostitutes frequently use to arrange sex for money — to meet in Scranton. Through the website, they arranged to meet a woman, later identified as year-old Stephanie Harris, and pay for sex acts at the Econo Lodge on Kane Street, police said.
Other officers watching the parking lot spotted a man, later identified as Lonnie Durham, 34, circling in a white Nissan Altima. He then pulled into a parking space near the undercover officer. A woman approached the officer but quickly jumped into the white sedan when she noticed the other police.
The two fled the parking lot. Police rushed back to their cruiser, but the suspects escaped. About 20 minutes later, the vehicle passed by the hotel parking lot again.
Police pulled them over. Durham had Harris' Georgia identification card and the room key, which Harris had booked in her name.
Police found both of their belongings in the room. Police charged Durham with one felony count of prostitution and also possessing instruments of a crime for the phone. Harris is charged with a single misdemeanor count of prostitution.
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