Pair arrested in latest Austintown prostitution sting
AUSTINTOWN — Township police made two arrests in a sting operation where officers set up a meeting with a woman accused of prostitution.
Tiffany Uher, 30, of Orwell faces charges of soliciting and possessing criminal tools and Nicholas Shoemaker, 30, of Bloomfield faces a felony charge of promoting prostitution.
Officers responded Tuesday to an ad on an escort site that read, “Let Mercedes rev your engine.” The person on the other end provided services ranging from $120 to $180, according to a police report.
Uher later met officers at a motel on Seventy-Six Drive. She told police she had never engaged in prostitution before and did not plan on going through with the date.
When they sent a test text to her phone and she didn’t receive it, she told officers she arranged the date with a woman named Kayla, who sent the texts, and Shoemaker, who was outside in the car.
Kayla and Shoemaker would receive a portion of the money, Uher told police.
Shoemaker told officers he believed Uher planned to pick money up from her uncle and denied knowledge of the nature of the encounter at the motel.