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Posted at 3:16 PM ET, 06/14/2010

Area men caught in prostitution sting

By Washington Post editors

Howard County police arrested 10 men in a prostitution sting over the weekend, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Female officers, working in areas where residents had complained about prostitution, waited to see if they would be solicited for sex. Ten men did approach and offered the women money for sex.

Those arrested included several men from the Washington area. They are:

  • Dennekew H. Chebala, 62, of D.C.
  • Oscar Iraheta-Garcia, 30, of Lanham
  • Jose Astul Mejia-Portillo, 40, of Beltsville
  • Johnny Edward Peery, 54, of Laurel
  • Rene Alberto Pozo, 37, of Mount Ranier
  • Jose Reyes, 28, of Silver Spring
  • Frank Payton Rodgers, 42, of Laurel
  • Alkexis Yovani Romero-Sarmiento, 36, of Catonsville
  • Angel A. Scherrer, 37, of New Carrollton
  • Raymond Hiroshi Vollmer, 46, of Highland

By Washington Post editors  | June 14, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Howard County, arrest, prostitution, washington  
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Comments

Glad that the slime-balls were identified- hope you run their pictures!!

Posted by: lsf07 | June 14, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL...dudes paying for poon; LMAO...

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 14, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Legalize it, tax it, and get health care for the workers.

This ridiculousness - of posting the names of men - ridiculous.

So the men pay for sex. As long as it is safe and consensual (and of course, legal age for those consenting), then WHAT harm does it do?

Posted by: Greent | June 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Figures kahula87 is 23 years old. If he was any older or had any sense he would realize that men ALWAYS pay for poon, whether through prostitution or marriage or any basic relationship.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | June 14, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that the phrase "included several men from the Washington area" is strictly accurate when it appears that actually all ten men arrested fit that description. Perhaps, "[T]he men arrested were from the Washington area." would have been more precise? Could the Post PLEASE re-hire some of their editors/proof-readers???

Posted by: IndolentCin | June 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse


Legalize it, tax it, and get health care for the workers.

This ridiculousness - of posting the names of men - ridiculous.

So the men pay for sex. As long as it is safe and consensual (and of course, legal age for those consenting), then WHAT harm does it do?

Posted by: Greent | June 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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Because it is illegal and by the supposed Christian standards that this nation stand for, it is immoral too.

Posted by: meatkins | June 14, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Half of the men have Hispanic names, but half the people in this area aren't Hispanic. What does that say?

Posted by: postisarag | June 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

What an infantile, stupid and unconstitutional waste of time and effort. We don't have enough problems so we spend time and money putting people in jail for violating another Christian religious taboo?
I want my tax money back.

Posted by: cduwel | June 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

ummm, unconstitutional?

Posted by: wormsparkly | June 14, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

You know, since prostitution is legal in Canada, in England, in the Netherlands, in France, in Germany, etc, we ought to be talking a serious look at why the heck it is illegal here.

Regulated? Sure. Kept off the streets? Absolutely! But made go-to-jail illegal? That's just silly.

Posted by: kcx7 | June 14, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Publish the name and picture of the cop who was posing as a hooker. The public deserves to know when they are being set up.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 14, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Publish the name and picture of the cop who was posing as a hooker. The public deserves to know when they are being set up.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 14, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Now, where am I gonna go to get some?

Posted by: perryneheum | June 14, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Immigrants who came to do jobs that Americans won't do -- pay prostitutes for sex.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 14, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

While I think prostitution should be legalized, regulated, and therefore made safe so there are no victims...it is currently illegal. So the pimps should be arrested and tried. Because there are pimps there ARE victims! (And just because I think it should be legalized don't think I consider it an admirable profession. Guys who get their kicks out of this situation might not be so interested in it once the "danger" has been removed.)

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 14, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Moral and religious ethics.
If jurisdictions can pass gay marriage laws, then one of the oldest professions SHOULD be made legal.

Gay marriage, and legalized/controlled prostitution should both be a 'JOINT' bill for legalization. If one passes, so does the other. If recognized by another state, then prostitution recognized as legal also.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizen43 | June 14, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why do men have to pay for sex? There are many women willing to give it away for free. They might be fat and look like trolls. LOL

Posted by: Dracula1 | June 14, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Prostitution did not become illegal until the early 1900's when the religious zealots started pushing their views on others, as they continue today. One person's religion is another's belly laugh!


From Wikipedia: Originally, prostitution was widely legal in the United States. Prostitution was made illegal in almost all states between 1910 and 1915 largely due to the influence of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union which was influential in the banning of drug use and was a major force in the prohibition of alcohol. In 1917 the legally defined prostitution district Storyville in New Orleans was closed down by the Federal government over local objections. In Deadwood, SD, prostitution, while technically illegal, was tolerated by local residents and officials for decades until the last madam was brought down by state and federal authorities for tax evasion in 1980. Prostitution remained legal in Alaska until 1953 (though not yet a US state), and is still legal in some rural counties of Nevada (see Prostitution in Nevada).


Posted by: RD12 | June 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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