Ocean City Today

Prostitution sting nets dozen

‘Tail Pipe Peaches’ and other Craigslist IDs used by police lead to meetings and arrests
By Katie Tabeling | Sep 21, 2017
Courtesy of: OCPD

(Sept. 22, 2017) Eleven men and one woman have been charged with prostitution-related offenses, following a three-day police sting timed with last week’s OC BikeFest.

Starting on Sept. 14, Ocean City Police Department detectives, posing as “Bike Week Beauty,” “Tail Pipe Peaches” and “Bike Week Beth,” placed several ads on craigslist.com that hinted at the possibility of sex services.

The Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, Maryland State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations were also involved in the operation.

Even though Craigslist closed its “adult services” category in 2010, sex workers often use the personals category for “massage and escort services.”

When suspects responded to the advertisements implying sex for a price, undercover detectives exchanged emails and texts that settled the costs for various sex acts and meetings. Once the men arrived at the designated locations, usually hotels, condominiums or parking lots, they were arrested.

Some of suspects caught in the sting were not seeking sexual activity, like one man who wanted “Bike Week Beth” to humiliate him while he was in lingerie for $100, according to police reports. When detectives arrested him on Sept. 14, he was wearing lingerie and fishnet-style stockings.

Ocean City Police also arrested Richard H. Campbell 45, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania for allegedly using Craigslist to facilitate a drug deal. He placed an ad on Sept. 16 that read “looking for supplies for tonight’s party. Need white no green.”

According to police reports, “white” is slang for cocaine and “green” is code for marijuana, according to police reports. Campbell was arrested after paying an undercover detective $60 for a bag of what he believed was (but wasn’t) less than a gram of cocaine. He was charged buying a non-controlled substance believed to be a controlled dangerous substance.

Police also arrested Cristen Thomas, 34, of Cumberland, Maryland after they found a Craigslist ad she allegedly placed with provocative photographs.

Her advertisement said she was in Ocean City all week and required “roses for [her] time,” according to charging documents.

Undercover detectives met with Thomas in a north Ocean City residence last Thursday. After money was exchanged, she was arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution.

The following 10 men were charged engaging in prostitution:

• John E. Buffington, 27, of Alexandria, Virginia

• Obed E. Cabrera, 25, of Ocean City

• Mark A. Defrank, 46, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

• James G. Ehrisman, 33, of Berlin

• Douglas M. Entenman, 48, of Dover, Delaware

• Matthew E. Killam, 48, of Salisbury

• Joseph H. Martini, 52, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

• George E. O’Neal, 60, of Bear, Delaware

• Michael S. Price, 42, of Ocean City

• James H. Rasnake, 56, of Severn, Maryland

Ehrisman was also charged with possession of narcotics, as he allegedly tried to sell Oxycotin pills to what he believed was a sex worker. Ocean City Police found nine Oxycotin pills in Ehrisman’s truck when he was arrested.

Each of the 11 of the suspects was released on personal recognizance. Ehrisman was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

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