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Austintown police: Boardman woman admits 'escorting' to support heroin habit

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Austintown police have arrested a suspected prostitute who says she's in the “escorting” profession to help support her heroin addiction.

Undercover officers answered an ad in the Backpage.com dating section on Tuesday, that promised “seductive masseuse body rob appointments” that promised to “take away your stress”.

Police texted the number in the ad and said they were quoted prices of $100 for a half hour and $180 for the “girlfriend experience”, which police say refers to sexual encounters that include kissing, cuddling and more intimacy.

According to the report, the undercover officer met a woman calling herself “Alexandria” outside a Westchester Drive apartment.

While walking down the apartment hallway, police say the woman acknowledged to the officer that she had condoms and “everything we need”.

It was then that the officer showed her his badge and placed her under arrest.

A search of the suspect's purse revealed her cell phone, condoms and a folded paper containing suspected heroin.

Police say the woman, identified as 27-year-old Kathryn Unick of Boardman, admitted that she paid between $35 and $40 dollars for the heroin, and was involved in “escorting” to support her addiction.

Unick was booked into the Mahoning County jail on charges of heroin possession and soliciting sex.

Since police consider the condoms and cell phone necessary to engage in prostitution, Unick is also charged with possessing criminal tools.

Unick also faces a charge of advertising massage services without having the proper license.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday, and is scheduled for another court hearing on June 7.

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