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Prostitution Sting Nets 11 Arrests on Valentine's Day

Windsor Locks Police say the arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation called "Operation Cupid."

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Cupid's arrow struck on Valentine's Day this year in the form of a prostitution sting that landed 11 men in cuffs.

The arrests on Feb. 14 were a result of "Operation Cupid," a criminal investigation by the Windsor Locks Police Department into prostitution along the Route 75 commercial corridor.

Here's the way the sting went down, as described by the Windsor Locks Police Department:

  • Police placed an ad on a popular Internet site used by those who wish to purchase sex for money. 
  • An undercover officer posing as a prostitute responded to numerous inquiries and requests for sexual services from ‘clients.’ 
  • The undercover officer and client(s) would meet at an area motel where the suspect would then be arrested by a team of back-up officers. 

Police said "Operation Cupid" is an ongoing investigation, and that the motel name associated with the alleged criminal activity will not be released at this time.

"The Windsor Locks Police Department has received numerous complaints of prostitution occurring in area motels along the Route-75 commercial business district," a press release states. "This has caused an increased number of larcenies, illegal drug use, child exploitation, disorderly conduct, as well as other related crimes and quality of life conditions."    

According to police, the men arrested on a charge of soliciting prostitution are:

  • Jesse Coughlin, 33, of Chester, Mass. 
  • Eric Oullette, 42, of Glastonbury, Conn.
  • Brandon Blank, 28, of Bridgeport, Conn.
  • John Norris, 53, of Enfield, Conn.
  • Eslam Ayoub, 41, of Middletown, Conn. (he was also charged with fourth-degree sexual assault)
  • Wagner Brown, 34, of Waterbury, Conn.
  • John Cook, 56, of South Windsor, Conn.
  • Ravindra Wikramanaya, 54, of Chicopee, Mass.
  • Bryan Deway, 46, of Windsor Locks, Conn. 
    James Castelvetere, 59, of Enfield, Conn.
  • John Wadlegger, 42, of Agawam, Mass. 
Brandon February 17, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Both very valid arguments. Glad to see healthy debate is still alive and well in out society. I think if everyone was locked in cages then no one could hurt anyone. No one could smoke evil marijuana or have evil sex with a prostitute. Even if you promise to never do these things or never have done them. The temptation is just to great. Also think of how safe the children would be if we were all locked up in cages. My point is where does personal "freedom" begin and end. Sure these laws may seem like they are keeping people safe. Eventually government can convince people to give up everything in the name of safety. I think freedom is dangerous. This is why we must educate instead of prohibit. Explain instead of shun. When you tell people they cannot do something that is when they want to do it the most. Also I would rather contract a liver disease or any STD rather than be locked in a cage. Live a free life with all it's inherent dangers rather than opt for a safe life in a cage. If you want to focus in public safety I suggest looking into the crap they are feeding us. This effects a much higher percentage of the population on a daily basis than prostitution or illegal drugs.
Craig Zac February 17, 2014 at 09:33 AM
I agree with Brandon, and his post reminded me of a line from a song: "Because you cant see your cage, it doesn't mean that you are free" which is so true and a lot of people need to wake up and realize this. Too many people today have the mentality that "if I don't like it, it should be outlawed" or "If im not doing anything against the law, it wont hurt or affect me" not true, not true at all!
J D C February 17, 2014 at 03:24 PM
If its the worlds OLDEST occupation then that means women were the FIRST to work yet their salaries are STILL lower than a man's? What, they dont have ANY male cops that could go undercover and find out where the hookers are? How come John Q Public can find them then? Heck, give ME a day I'd find them, any guy could IF its out there.
J D C February 17, 2014 at 03:50 PM
They staged a prostitution ring, scooped up johns they got from CRAIGSLIST and the ring they are trying to shut down wasn't even affected? Like an earlier poster said, its like setting up a selling ring to capture the users! Is it me or do you think its going to take ALOT longer to shut it down THIS way? I dont know.......
brian kelly February 17, 2014 at 08:25 PM
“Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... " Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?" Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!" Churchill: "Madam, we've already established that. Now we are haggling about the price” ― Winston Churchill
J D C February 17, 2014 at 09:03 PM
LOL
Lou Sknt February 18, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Never happy to hear about whores in hotel rooms other than my own, I says.
Joe Mancini February 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Anyone ever drive by the Black Rock Inn over by the traffic circle near Staples? That has got to be a place that rents by the hour? Maybe they should check that place out as well?
J.James February 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Prostitution is an ugly, sordid trade BECAUSE it's illegal, not the other way around. There are perfectly legal brothels all over the world. The ones that operate according to licensing and regulatory standards take very good care of their workers. There is an application process, regular medical screening, the women are in charge of what they are and are not comfortable with, there is security on call at all times and the use of protection is strictly enforced. These are employees, not concubines, and nobody wants their staff getting sick. This is the reality that illegal prostitution prevents from happening. What we have instead is young girls being scouted by pimps, pumped full of drugs to ensure complacency and dependency, abused and turned out for cash, of which they see very little. Which sounds better?
Citizen Ruth February 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Haven't I read somewhere that we have certain inalienable rights, including the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Are we not required to pay for other necessities in life, including food and housing? One of the most basic necessities in life and pursuits providing happiness is sex. Why should there be a law forbidding the purchase of sex? Do we not have a free market place? Like any other legitimate service business, why--if we believe in the pursuit of happiness, free enterprise, separation of church and state--cannot sex be sold? I believe that this stigma involving prostitution is a vestige of those crazy, radical Puritans, who were kicked out of England for their wacky views, who also burned Catholics up in Salem for being witches and carved scarlet A's on women who enjoyed sex.
Igor February 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Hell Shadow. that sounds good. Whatever you feel like doing, just do it. I'm in pursuit of happiness, so screw everyone else as long as I'm happy?
J.James February 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Nobody is saying "screw everyone else as long as I'm happy." The reality is, the only reasons prostitution is illegal are based upon the morals of a Christian society. From an objective standpoint, there is no reason why it should be illegal. Everyone has sex, a great deal of people have no qualms with paying for it. Just like the drug trade, people who want it will get it either way. Making it illegal doesn't make it go away. It pushes it into dark, back alleys and dangerous corners. It puts the lives of women in the hands of abusive, dangerous men. It causes more problems than it solves. The Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada has been operating safely and without incident for decades. Women are well taken care of and the job is voluntary which puts the control in their hands where it belongs. What's the problem with this, apart from the social construct that dictates what is and isn't morally acceptable?
brian kelly February 18, 2014 at 09:20 PM
“To the moralist prostitution does not consist so much in the fact that the woman sells her body, but rather that she sells it out of wedlock.”
brian kelly February 18, 2014 at 09:23 PM
“In the beginning I revelled in being so rebellious and bad. I had recently discovered the new age book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, which incorporated the power of visualization and affirmations. Even then the book resonated, resulting in me asserting, 'I, Paris, am the best hooker in town!' repeatedly on the long drive to work. I am not sure this is what Louise Hay had in mind!”
Igor February 25, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Well guys whether we agree or not. It's nice to look at all sides.
Craig Zac February 26, 2014 at 08:00 AM
So now that we are over the "Shock" and "Disgust" phase of this whole torrid story, I have to know, what did these supposed Hookers look like? were they nasty drug and disease riddled street hookers, the kind you wouldn't look at once let alone twice? or were they run of the mill massage parlor whores? Just asking out of curiosity because if they were the street hookers who are just looking for an easy way to get that next hit of Meth or crack then, they should be busted and swept off the streets because that's almost a guaranteed STD waiting to happen! Anyone going to them is not looking for a quick good time... they are looking for a stay in the Hospital!
Joe Mancini February 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Big Bri-I'm actually offended by you're comment. Have you ever been to the Black Rock Inn?
Bernadette Nats February 26, 2014 at 03:32 PM
I don't believe legalizing prostitution is like legalizing marijuana. This is wrong. A woman is a child of God. Made to be respected. We. Need to change tge thought process around. A man has an urge , get a call girl? WE need to mentally condition our young boys to respect women, at a young age. Object on the fcc website, under complaints and address the programs that pirtray women as SEX objects. The mivies if old days for example The Mexicans on a mission in desert after monthd on horseback , stop in a saloonThe girl enters saloon. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN? OF COURSE, SHE GETS raped, right? Its normal, expected the poor children or men were on horseback and havent sren a woman for months. Eomen have urges do we stop on dark roads looking fo a male prostututes? Excuses. I'm just using the old Mexican western scenes in movies.. Nothing against Mexicans. I support the printing of the "Johns name" in the newspapers not the prostitutes! I dobt care if they're judges, Congressman ir an average person. In reference to the person stating the pimp makesvsure they're cleen. Are they cattle? These women can be your Mother cousins aunts or sisters There are so many alternatives to satisfy your urge go home take a cold shower go into your room but don't subject yourself to these type of women that can carry AIDS up to 10 years they could be clean that one year but what if some people are carriers .it's not worth the risk of going into a neighborhood full of drug dealers mental illness people, pimps gamblers, blackmailers, photos taken phone etc and somehow this influence can follow you all the way home and subject your wife and your children to danger. Nott worth it, I object to prostitution
Craig Zac February 26, 2014 at 03:37 PM
lemme guess, you're a nun right?
Craig Zac February 26, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Bernadette, your post is by far one of the funniest things I have read on patch since I signed up here... Bravo!
Craig Zac February 26, 2014 at 03:46 PM
if one hooker get 10 customers a night, how many does she get per week? per month? so if the cops want to stop her, shouldn't they actually stop her instead of stopping the ten guys on one night but letting her have the other ten guy every other night? Something tells me the cops were looking for an easy bust to say "hey look at us, we are hero's, stopping crime and cleaning up the city!" lol...
Bernadette Nats February 26, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Women have urges. Do we seek male prostitutes? Most women don't because they know its wrong. The men that do this are taught to play the ,Do it because Ii can do what I want. " Im a macho man. " its acceptable because of society for years snd mefia brainwashed everyone to think uts acceptable.The baby role Its like the role of Everybody loves Raymond, I love that show. RAYMOND GOOFS up and gets laughs,acts like a kid. The wife has to be the disciplinarian. GROW UP! THIS is TV but in reality many men act like that.
Bernadette Nats February 26, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Sorry , about mistypes above . Phone keys stuck and some jamming. REGARDING STATEMENT written, about that call girls Iin bordellos are clean! THEY are not cattle a. They are Human Beings! The days of Sydney Barrows should be gone. LETS treat women with respect give them the skills to survive so they wont have to turn tricks. I believe Sydney also supports a living descent one as opposed to turning tricks and risking their lives.
J.James February 27, 2014 at 01:42 AM
A couple of points for you Bernadette: making broad, sweeping generalizations that imply prostitution is to be blamed entirely on men and our "uncontrollable urges" is, not only inaccurate, but offensive and sexist to boot. To imply that a woman is a child of God and is to be respected and ignore the fact that women are equally as complex in their sexuality as men are is wrong. Are you saying there is something fundamentally wrong with a woman who, of her OWN FREE WILL, chooses to sell her body? Because that is also offensive and sexist. By the way, Gigolos are a very real thing, so you can nip that "women never pay for sex" argument in the bud right now. Sounds like what you want is for everybody to treat women as equals and respect them as people while simultaneously throwing the entire gender balance back a few decades by putting women on a golden pedestal and throwing men under the bus as sick, vile pigs. I know you Christians are huge proponents of sexual repression, but if you're not enlightened to all facets of an issue, perhaps it's best to sit the fight out instead of name dropping The Lord like a holy trump card.
Craig Zac February 27, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Wait!! You can pay a handy man to come paint your house or cut the lawn... isn't that sort of the same thing? paying a guy to use his body and muscles to do something you want done for you so you don't have to do it yourself? What about paying some woman to come clean your house? surely paying some strange woman buff your wood work is about the same as paying some strange woman buff your woody... And men DONT use women who are putting themselves out there for sex for hire... men are PAYING for it, Its more like the women are using the men and their sexual urges to GET PAID! And if done correctly in a controlled way, what better job is there really? get paid to get laid... Whoever thought work could be both fun and rewarding?
Craig Zac February 27, 2014 at 08:09 AM
I like how with all the stuff that's happened with these preists and their abuse of children all coming out now and how the church knew about it all and chose to hide it and not even get rid of the offending fathers and still, STILL all these nut jobs STILL wont accept the fact that religion is just another way to control the masses. Amazing! Sometimes it seems we are so forward as a race and then you realize, we aren't that far from the caveman yet!
Nicholas Clarke February 27, 2014 at 08:51 AM
How ridiculous. Whatever happened to free will. Acting in porn movies is apparently legal. How come ?
Tmc February 27, 2014 at 10:30 PM
WTF still uses the word "macho"?
Craig Zac February 28, 2014 at 07:46 AM
@ Tmc.. yeah what next? Fornicating? adultery?
Joe Mancini February 28, 2014 at 09:08 AM
This "hotel" is a cesspool. http://fairfield.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/naugatuck-man-busted-with-burglar-tools-at-fairfield-hotel?yPos=undefined

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