H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Sep 6, 2013 6:05 PM by Katherine Worsham, Connie Tran, KSBY News

Nearly two dozen people arrested in prostitution sting

Police from San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande arrested 23 people this week in a large prostitution sting.

Officers from the three agencies teamed up for a three-night operation.

Police say investigators placed online ads for prostitution services in local hotel rooms and had a female undercover officer pose as a prostitute. When the "John" arrived at the hotel and exchanged money for agreed upon services, the alleged "John" was taken into custody.

Police also say an undercover male officer would respond to online ads for prostitution, set up a meeting, and when money was exchanged for agreed upon services, the alleged prostitute was arrested.

On September 3 in Arroyo Grande, the following people were arrested:
John Franta, 51, of Grover Beach, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Michael Armijo, 21, of Arroyo Grande, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Kristina Lara, 27, of Reno, NV, on a charge of prostitution and for a warrant
Dorothy Houlden, 24, of Reno, NV, on a charge of prostitution

On September 4 in Pismo Beach, the following people were arrested:
Michael Hartman, 60, of Atascadero, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Julio Lopez, 34, of Santa Maria, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Mark Anderson, 61, of San Luis Obispo, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Shukla Bhargav, 27, of Paso Robles, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Kevin Huber, 54, of San Luis Obispo, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Bonnie Key, 54, of Nipomo, on charges of prostitution and possession of cocaine
Kimberly Romero, 27, of Bakersfield, on a charge of prostitution

On September 5 in San Luis Obispo, the following people were arrested:
Spencer Napier, 21, of Arroyo Grande, on a charge of possession of narcotics for sale
Ethan McCallum, 22, of Oceano, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Jose Velasco, 26, of Delano, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Jose Leon, 25, of Morro Bay, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Andrew Cochran, 48, of Santa Maria, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Joseph Goldberg, 54, of Nipomo, on a charge of solicitation of prostitution
Diana Rocha, 49, of Pismo Beach, on a charge of prostitution
Jerrica Dhaliwal, 25, of Antioch, on a charge of prostitution
Charlene Dhaliwal, 26, of Antioch, on a charge of prostitution
Nicole Dowling, 26, of Porterville, on a charge of prostitution
Nadie Estrada-Bamber, 20, of Sacramento, on a charge of prostitution
Tara Logan, 36, of San Luis Obispo, on charges of prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia

SLO PD said every female has been arrested before for prostitution.

Captain Chris Staley with SLO PD said, "We absolutely intend on doing this type of operation again to combat the issue and present to the public the fact that this is something that we're going to be paying attention to."

Police said the three-night operation came about after several robberies and rapes involving prostitutes and "Johns" in the last couple of years. They said they hope the sting will discourage prostitutes and "Johns" from their illegal actions. Police also said that many of the non-local alleged prostitutes came into the Central Coast because there is an interested market.

Prostitution and the solicitation of prostitution are misdemeanor crimes.

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