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Greenwich Police Bust Online Prostitution Ring

Thirteen people have been arrested in an online prostitution ring after a monthlong investigation by the Greenwich Police Department.

“This is not anything new,” said Lt. Kraig Gray, Greenwich police spokesman. “The Internet has added a new wrinkle. But like anything else, when it came to our attention, we investigated it.”

Undercover officers posted fake advertisements online to solicit sex from several websites offering acts in exchange for money anywhere in Greenwich. The detective division’s narcotics section had received a tip from the Stamford Police Department’s narcotics and organized crime squad in April about a website that said its office was in Greenwich and featured Asian females.

During the investigations, other websites were found offering similar illegal services. Detectives then contacted the website’s phone number and negotiated payment for services with women from these websites. Detectives arranged to meet at the Delamar Hotel and Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

On April 12, detectives went undercover to meet the women. Surveillance units staked out the prearranged locations and identified two men who drove two women to the meeting. All were arrested and charged. All were released on a promise to appear in court April 26.

Jasenia M. Chabron, 21, of 1214 41st St., Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested on charges of prostitution and conspiracy at prostitution as well as possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia when police found her in possession of heroin and narcotics packaging material.

Jessica L. Putzig, 29, of 41 Manor St., Stamford, and Haiyan Lu, 33, of 13265 Avery Ave., Flushing, N.Y., were both arrested on charges of prostitution. Rosaida Llerena, 22, of 111 Chapel St., New Haven, was charged with prostitution and conspiracy.

The two men, Daniel F. Vrabec, 51, of 440 West 34th St., Manhattan, N.Y., and Antoine B. Odums, 30, of 111 Chapel St., New Haven, were arrested on charges of promoting prostitution and conspiracy at prostitution.

In phase two of the investigation, similar negotiations were made and seven more people were arrested over the weekend. Each was released on a promise to appear in court May 13.

Nieda L. Ponce, 43, of 175 Prospect St., Stamford, was arrested on prostitution charges after police found her advertisement online. Several men were charged with patronizing a prostitute, including Francis W. Hogan III, 50, of 52 Father Peters Lane, New Canaan; Alexander G. Huebner, 19, of 7 Shady Brook Lane, Greenwich; Joseph Tarnowski, 54, of 46 Mabel Ave., Danbury; Edward Gangi III, 28, of 500 Bedford St., Apt. 509, Stamford; Ronal A. Paredes, 24, of 114 Ludlow St., Apt.1R, Stamford; and Kaylan Mukherjee, 41, of 164 Cat Rock Road, Greenwich.

Narcotics and cash were also seized, illustrating the connection between drugs, prostitution and other crimes, said police.

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