WILLIAMSON – Members of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Williamson Detachment, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S 119 Drug Task Force executed a prostitution sting in the Williamson area that resulted in two arrests, Wednesday Oct. 15.
Marcella Lynn Davis, 52, of Belfry, was arrested on felony charges for third offense prostitution.
An undercover officer was flagged by Davis as he traveled along Second Avenue adjacent to the Tug Valley Pharmacy.
The officer stopped and engaged in a conversation with Davis at which time the accused asked the officer if he was looking for some company.
The undercover officer then asked Davis what she charged. She replied that a sexual act would cost $15. The officer then asked what he could get for $40 dollars. Davis replied, “Whatever you want.”
Davis was then transported to a predetermined location were Sr. Tpr. J.D. Matheny was waiting. During transport, Davis handed the officer a condom. Upon arrival, Davis dropped the money in the console of the officer’s vehicle.
The undersigned officer and Sr. Tpr. Matheny then made contact with Davis. At this time, she confessed to soliciting the undercover officer for prostitution. A review of Davis’ criminal history revealed that she had two previous convictions for prostitution.
The same night, the officer continued operating in an undercover capacity and returned to the Second Avenue location adjacent to Tug Valley Pharmacy where he was previously solicited for prostitution.
The officer had previously observed Carmen Maynard, 51 of Canada Ky., with Marcella Davis at the time Davis had flagged the officer over.
Upon returning to the location, the undercover officer told Maynard that Davis had sent the officer to her.
Maynard then entered the officer’s vehicle. At this time the officer asked Maynard what it was going to cost him. Maynard responded that a sexual act would cost him $30. The officer then asked what he could get for $40 to which Maynard responded that he could get “whatever he wanted for $40.”
The officer then transported Maynard to a predetermined location where Tpr. Matheny was waiting. Upon arrival, and after observing Tpr. Matheny’s marked DPS cruiser, Maynard threw the $40 down in the officer’s vehicle.
At this time, Tpr. Matheny made contact with Maynard at which time Maynard confessed to solicitation of prostitution. A review of the criminal history of Maynard revealed that she had been previously arrested for prostitution.
Mingo County Sheriff James Smith made the following statement concerning the arrests, “We know this has been an ongoing problem. The citizens of Williamson have issued a number of complaints concerning prostitution in the area. We are committed to ridding Williamson of this ongoing problem.”
Smith continued saying, “The Sheriff’s Department partnered with the WVSP yesterday to make these arrests and we thank them for working with us. If anyone has any information on this matter, please contact the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.”
The telephone number to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department is 304-235-0300.
(The information in this article was obtained by criminal complaints. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those involved should be considered innocent until proven guilty.)
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)