July 30 2017

Police Arrest Three in Prostitution Sting

By: BNEWS

The following is a release from the Burlington Police Department: 

Police Chief Michael R. Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department arrested three men during an undercover prostitution sting operation.

The Burlington police detective unit, in conjunction with officers from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, conducted a reverse sting to target potential customers for prostitution.

Similar to operations conducted in years past, these types of operations are done in an effort to drive human trafficking and sex crimes away from Burlington, a hub of commerce and hotels and a crossroads of several major highways in Massachusetts.  A female police officer posted ads on a website that is well-known for being a haven for classified ads offering sex for a fee.

Over the past five years, Burlington Police have arrested 41 people in these types of operations.

Arrested were:

1. RAHULMOHAN KOLAKANDY, AGE 32, OF MARBLEHEAD

2. MITALKUMAR PATEL, AGE 37, OF WALTHAM

3. JONATHAN STERRITT, AGE 38, OF NEWTON

KOLAKANDY and PATEL were charged with Sexual Conduct for a Fee.

PATEL was also charged with Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14 Years Old and STERRITT was charged with two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14 Years Old. These charges were brought because the two suspects allegedly groped the female officer involved in the sting operation.

The Burlington Police Department has formed close partnerships with the town’s growing hotel industry in their efforts to curb human sex trafficking. The efforts have seemingly had an effect, as this was the lowest number of arrests since the department began regularly conducting these investigations about five years ago.

“The Burlington Police Department will continue to conduct these types of sting operations until people stop responding entirely,” Chief Kent said. “In the overwhelming majority of cases, the woman on the other end of the online advertisement is the victim of human sex trafficking, which puts aside the old and misguided adage that prostitution is a victimless crime. It isn’t, and more often that not, there is someone else pulling the strings and taking the money.”

All three suspects will be arraigned Monday in Woburn District Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.


 

 
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