19 arrested in sex worker solicitation sting

Claremont police took part in a recent sting operation in which undercover officers posed as sex workers that resulted in the arrest of 19 “johns.”

On August 26 and September 15, the Claremont and Pomona police departments, and the Los Angeles County Probation Department “conducted a two-day prostitution detail” in the area of Indian Hill Blvd. and the 10 Freeway, according to a CPD press release.

“The Claremont Police Department has received multiple complaints from residents, business owners, and [passersby] regarding the report of prostitution in the area,” read the release. “During these operations, undercover officers posed as prostitutes. After the undercover officer was solicited for sex acts, the ‘john’ was arrested.”

The 19 suspects were arrested for misdemeanor solicitation for prostitution. One of the suspects was on active parole, and is a registered sex offender who was wearing a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet as one the conditions of his parole. He was taken to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was booked and held pending a court appearance.

The other 18 arrestees were transported to the Claremont jail, where they were booked and later released with citations.

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