Southwest Regional Police vice squad sets up prostitution sting
A vice squad sting operation resulted in last week's arrest of a Greensburg man who was charged with attempting to solicit a woman for sex.
Police said Adam Grant Ross, of 517 Turney St., was actually soliciting a member of the Southwest Regional Police vice squad.
Ross, 29, was charged with prostitution/patronizing prostitute, criminal attempt and disorderly conduct. He was arrested by officers at 10:40 a.m. June 12 in Belle Vernon.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, members of the vice squad placed an advertisement on a social media site advertising sex in exchange for cocaine.
Ross allegedly responded to the post, “I don't have snow, but I have money to make it snow.” Later using email, Ross arranged for a meeting on Main Street in Belle Vernon, according to the affidavit.
He met with an undercover officer, allegedly giving the officer $100 and a condom, according to the affidavit.
Charges were filed Friday in the office of Magisterial District Judge Jesse Cramer in Belle Vernon. He remains free pending a formal arraignment scheduled for July 22.
The vice squad was formed about a year ago, Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman said. Its tasks include conducting comprehensive undercover investigations into drugs, child predators and sex crimes.
The vice squad, which conducts criminal investigations and gathers intelligence, is the base for all Internet-related investigations.
“Using social media, we are able to identify and address crime that's occurring through a number of avenues, including social media,” Hartman said. “The police are tapping into social media and Internet traffic. These are usually prolonged investigations used to apprehend people who use the Internet to commit crime.
The arrest of Ross was an example of the unit's work, Hartman said.
“He thought he was communicating with an individual offering him sex for money when in fact he was talking to one of our detectives,” Hartman said. “We arranged for the meeting, he met with us and we arrested him.”
Hartman said police later discovered that Ross was on Megan's List, “which further enhances the necessity for running these types of operations.”
Megan's List is a national website where convicted sex offenders must register their addresses and places of employment.
“Clearly, it's easy to navigate on the Internet highway,” Hartman said. “People don't realize the dangers of that Internet highway.
“The more and more we work these, the more we see how broad in scope it is. Not any particular heightened danger here. The danger is really everywhere.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Belle Vernon man faces drug charges
- Woman marks 70 years on bench at Rostraver church’s organ
- New leader named at Jefferson Hospital
- Bikers’ dozen gear up for 5-day trip from West Newton to D.C.
- Timing right for firefighter to get woman, 84, out of burning house
- Land bank considered in Washington County
- Architect seeks money for work on Charleroi theater project
- Woman agrees to testify against boyfriend in Charleroi knife fray
- California police: Suspect shielded self with infant during arrest
- Victim of Monessen standoff committed suicide
- Ringgold to seek state’s help funding new school building