Two women nabbed in Austintown prostitution stings


Staff report

AUSTINTOWN

Township police made two arrests this week in ongoing sex-crime sting operations.

Shannon Smith, 46, of Thomas Drive, North Jackson, was nabbed by police late Wednesday, and is accused of soliciting sex online. She is charged with soliciting sex, possessing criminal tools and possessing a schedule IV controlled substance.

According to the report, Smith told police she has worked in prostitution for about a year and sees four to five clients a week. Police posed as a client and answered an ad on a website “used for escort services,” the report said.

The advertisement was titled “Aimed to Please,” and read: “Hello Boys!! my name is Destiny here to rock the boat a little and rock your world. I always aim to please and available for massages when you are. If your looking for no games or drama just pure fun then im the girl for you. Contact me for how to see me for real,” the report said.

Police said the ad also listed prices for sexual acts.

Police arrested Smith in the 5200 block of Seventy-Six Drive late Wednesday with a cellphone, two condoms, personal lubricant and one pill of Diazepam, according to the report.

Her court date is Wednesday.

The second arrest was Sloane Matthews, 24, of Miller Street, Warren, who is facing charges of soliciting sex and possessing criminal tools.

She is accused of posting an advertisement to “a dating website commonly used for prostitution,” according to the report.

Police said the ad was listed under the “Transgender” section, and an officer messaged Matthews on Tuesday asking about rates for sexual acts.

Matthews was arrested that afternoon at a “truck stop area” on state Route 46, the report said.

Matthews’ pretrial hearing is 2 p.m. Feb. 26.

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