Ten men were arrested recently in Roseville on misdemeanor prostitution charges for allegedly offering money in exchange for a sex act, police announced Friday.
Roseville police set up a sting to catch the men. During the operation, undercover officers posed as prostitutes and posted ads on websites known for prostitution activity.
Men who responded to the ads were told to meet the undercover officers at a Roseville location. Ten men during the sting offered money to the officers in exchange for sex acts, according to police.
The Placer County District Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor prostitution charges against the men arrested during the sting. Roseville police said in a Facebook post that the men were:
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- Mazyar Daneshghar, 40, of Roseville
- Joseph Gregory Frye, 27, Sacramento
- Leonel Gutierez, 36, of Rancho Cordova
- Dennis Gates Lilley, 52, of Granite Bay
- James Richard Lucas, 59, of Shingle Springs
- Edward J. Lyman Jr., 57, of McClellan area
- Ali Rios, 25, of Sacramento
- Vasile Rusu, 40, of Sacramento
- Marvin Orlando Tepe-Sarat, 39, of Antelope
- Mark Edward Triplett, 56, of Roseville
In addition, Luis Enrique Allen, 47, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of pimping, a felony charge.
Police allege that Allen noticed the ads placed by the undercover officers. They said he then offered to give the undercover officers posing as prostitutes rides to the meetups with men in exchange for cash. The officers met Allen and placed him under arrest.
“We’re publicizing this operation to send a message that prostitution activity is not welcome in Roseville, and those who engage in it, whether as traffickers or customers, do so at their own peril,” said the police Facebook post.
“We also want sex trafficking victims to know that there are confidential, free services available for those who want protection and help escaping from the trade.”