8 arrested in Warren sex sting


WARREN

Six men police say were seeking sex – and two police say were trying to arrange it for others – were arrested Wednesday in the second sex-trade sting operation in the city in five months.

Wednesday’s operation was conducted by Warren police, agents with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force and other agencies, who ensnared individuals through use of an ad posted on a social media website.

Tracy Timko Sabau, assistant Warren law director, said there will be more undercover operations of this type in the future

The six men charged with soliciting prostitution and possessing criminal tools are Patrick S. Cassidy, 53, of Liberty Avenue in Hubbard; Bryan J. Calai, 35, of Lyntz Townline Road in Lordstown; Jay D. Barbe, 55, of West Main Street in West Farmington; Dain W. Bancroft, 55, of Lincoln Avenue in Mineral Ridge; Donald E. Lingenfelter, 48, of Budd Street in Sharon; and Phillip Salus, 68, of Poplar Street in Girard.

Two other men – Lamont E. Davis Jr., 20, of Benton Street Southeast in Warren; and Joseph E. Tennant, 44, of Shirley Road in Youngstown and Blueberry Lane in Warren – were arraigned Thursday afternoon, both charged with felony promoting prostitution and felony possessing criminal tools.

Read more about the cases in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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