Warren woman charged with soliciting sex


Staff report

AUSTINTOWN

Police arrested a Warren woman Wednesday afternoon on charges of soliciting sex through a classified ads website.

Gena Ritter, 34, of Sunset Drive, is the latest arrest made by township police in a series of on going prostitution stings. Ritter faces charges of soliciting sex and possessing criminal tools. She also was wanted by Warren police on a warrant out of Warren Municipal Court for failure to pay fines.

Police said Ritter posted an ad on an undisclosed website Tuesday morning that read: “Looking for respectable drama free men-29.”

It continued: “Don’t waste your time with the run around ... If you don’t have a lot of time I’ve got just the thing 4 you! Want to spend hours together? Lets set up a date!! If u like 2 double date ask!!! Only if u dare,” the report said.

Police answered the ad Wednesday afternoon and met Ritter at an undisclosed location in the area of state Route 46 and Interstate 80, the report said.

After the arrest was made, Ritter told police she was involved with prostitution to support her family and is a recovering addict, the report said.

Three condoms and a cellphone in Ritter’s possession were confiscated, the report said.

Her identification number and phone number, police said, were used to post more than 40 advertisements on sites used for prostitution.

Ritter’s pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 30 according to Mahoning County court records.

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