Eight charged in Trumbull County prostitution sting
Eight men from five different counties have been charged in a prostitution sting in Trumbull county.
The Trumbull County sheriff's office, along with the Ohio Attorney General's office and the Mahoning County Human Trafficking Task Force, announced the arrests Monday morning.
The men arrested are:
Shane Shilling, 43, Warren
Darryl Juillerat, 33, Kinsman
Paul Arthur, 41, Columbiana
Dustin Estep, 28, Struthers
William Messer, 62, Wayland
Walter Allen, 28, Youngstown
Thomas Vescera, 59, Hermitage, PA
Robert Banks, 59, Jefferson
Each of them is charged with solicitation and possession of criminal tools.
In a news release, Attorney General Dave Yost said the operation took place in one day with officers acting undercover on the internet to lure the alleged criminals.
"These guys didn't know if they were dealing with a willing participant or someone under the control of a pimp's drugs and influence," Yost said.
Trumbull county sheriff Paul Monroe said in the release that the operation began after receiving a tip a few months ago.