LOWELL, MA (August 22, 2012) – On the evening of Tuesday, August 21, 2012 a joint effort was conducted by the Lowell Police Department Special Investigations Unit along the F.B.I, Massachusetts State Police, Lawrence Police Department and Methuen Police Department. These officers conducted this operation in the City ofLowell on Middlesex, Westford andGorham Street between the hours of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The individuals arrested for solicitation were Shelia Aponte, age 39 of Lowell MA, Stephanie Lohnes, age 23 of Lowell MA, Susan Lyons, age 35 of Lowell MA, and Jessica Shanahan, age 25 of Lowell MA. Also arrested for solicitation were Shawn Dixon, age 36 of Nashua NH, Richard Molinari, age 69 of Westford MA, Anthony Stecchi, age 26 of Lowell MA and James Porter, age 47 of Nashua N.H,
The following individuals arrested for sexual conduct for a fee were Kristen Frost, age 40 of Lowell MA, Nicole Dupras, age 38 of Lowell MA, Ashley Hoisington, age 32 of Harvard MA, Nicole Legare, age 27 of Lowell MA, Janio Gallego, age 51 of Lowell MA, Jose Valdo Gomes, age 35 of Lowell MA, and Raphael Moise, age 18 of Lowell MA. Also, charged with common night walking were Sophia Allison, age 43 ofLowellMA, and Beatrice Pierre Louis, ageNashuaN.H.
Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee stated; “Street prostitution continues to plague certain neighborhoods in the city of Lowell. Prostitution greatly diminishes the quality of life in those neighborhoods and the Lowell Police Department is committed to eradicating the problem by arresting those involved in the prostitution trade including the prostitute and the client”
Lowell Police will remain vigilant in its efforts to illuminate this activity in our neighborhoods. Individuals who ply such a trade along with their customers should be for warned that future operations such as this will continue throughout the city. All parties found to be involved in this activity will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.