Operation ‘Poison Ivy’ prostitution sting nets 10 arrests

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MANCHESTER, NH – Members of the Manchester Police Community Policing Division, Patrol Division and Special Enforcement Division participated in a prostitution operation on July 13 to improve the quality of life for the residents who live in the area of Enright Park. The officers made 10 arrests, including six women and four men.

Officer Jennifer Lever was walking in plain clothes around Manchester and Beech streets at 4 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by a male subject in a vehicle. Thomas Fournier, 55 of Laconia, stopped his pick-up truck and engaged in a conversation with Officer Lever. He eventually asked her to perform sexual favors for money, so a marked vehicle stopped him and made the arrest. He was charged with prostitution and released on $500personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.

Officer Meghan Grant began walking on Manchester Street, near Beech Street, at 5 p.m. when she engaged in a conversation with the driver of a Black Hyundai. The operator, Lemus Rodriguez, 29 of Manchester,  solicited sexual acts for money, so the officer asked him to pick her up at another location. A marked unit stopped Rodriguez and arrested him without incident. He was charged with prostitution and was released on $500 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.

Detective Christian Horn was operating an unmarked vehicle at 8:40 p.m. in the area of Manchester and Beech streets. He pulled over and spoke with a female on the side of the road. Bridgette Lebedew, 37 of Manchester, made contact with the detective and eventually entered the vehicle. Inside, she discussed performing sexual acts for money, so he provided additional officers with a predetermined signal. Officers in a marked police cruiser stopped the unmarked vehicle and arrested Lebedew. She was charged with prostitution and violation of bail from May of 2017. She also had an outstanding warrant from Hillsborough County for failure to appear. She is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on July 14, 2017.

The next prostitution-related arrest occurred 10 minutes later when Detective Horn drove through the area of Merrimack and Wilson streets. He made contact with Kelly McAndrew, 41 with no fixed address on Merrimack Street. She entered his vehicle and discussed performing sexual favors for money prior to him being pulled over by a marked patrol unit. She was arrested without incident and charged with prostitution. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.

The fifth arrest of the night occurred at 9:20 p.m. when Detective Horn drove on Manchester Street near Lincoln Street. He spoke with Kaitlyn Koester, 30, of Manchester, as she entered his vehicle. She discussed performing sexual favors for money, so he had a marked unit stop the vehicle on Amherst Street at Alfred Street. Koester was charged with prostitution and transported to police headquarters. She was released on $ $1,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.

Officer Sarah Kulig was standing on the corner of Manchester and Union streets when a Toyota Corolla pulled up next to her at 9:55 p.m. The operator, Jeromy Woodey, 34 of Manchester, engaged in a conversation and agreed to exchange money for sexual acts with the undercover officer. His vehicle was stopped in the parking lot of Cumberland Farms, located on Hanover Street. He was arrested and charged with prostitution. He is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on July 14, 2017.

Detective Christian Horn returned to the area of Manchester and Union streets at 10:25 p.m. He spoke with Vivian Gaudet, 54 of Manchester,  before she entered his unmarked vehicle. Once inside, she agreed to perform sexual acts in exchange for money, so he provided a predetermined signal to the officers working the sting operation. Officers stopped his vehicle on Hanover Street at Milton Street. Gaudet was arrested without incident and charged with prostitution. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.

Detective Horn picked up Cathy Hill, 49, of Manchester,  on Manchester Street, near Maple Street at 10:45 p.m.  She agreed to perform a sexual act for the detective, so he provided a signal to the officers working the operation. They conducted a motor vehicle stop on Amherst Street. Hill was arrested and charged with prostitution and released on $1,000.00 personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.

Officer Lever returned to the area of Manchester and Union streets just after midnight when she was approached by a man in a Toyota Highlander. The lone occupant stated he was looking for a date for the evening and agreed to exchange money for sexual favors. The detective told him to meet her at another location where he was stopped by a marked unit and arrested without incident. Sheldon Hill, 75, of Manchester, was charged with prostitution and released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.

Detective Aaron Brown was operating an unmarked vehicle at 12:25. a.m. when he observed Nichole Pelletier, 32, of Manchester on Union Street, between Manchester and Merrimack streets. He pulled his vehicle over and was immediately approached by Pelletier. She entered his vehicle and ultimately agreed to perform sexual acts in exchange for money. His vehicle was pulled over on Hanover Street, at Harvard Street and Pelletier was arrested without incident. She was charged with prostitution. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is schooled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 17, 2017.