Santa Cruz police arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in prostitution after a month-long investigation that used plain-clothed officers and information gathered from the Internet.
The people arrested are suspected of soliciting or agreeing to engage in an act of prostitution. Male officers solicited women, female officers solicited men and officers arranged meetings at several hotels with people discovered on the Internet.
Suspects were discovered on social network Web sites, chat rooms and classified sites. The Web sites were used by men and women to both solicit sexual acts and to locate people willing to engage in paid sexual activity.
Those arrested are: Sheila Marie Tucker, 20, of Sacramento; Devan Marie Strauss, 21, of Sacramento; a 17-year-old girl; 28-year-old William Lester Dyas III, 28, of Oakland; Caroline Mendez, 29, of Santa Cruz; Rita Kaye Bordwine, 44, of Santa Cruz; Jason Alan Nama, 37, of San Jose; Angel Melchor, 49, of Santa Cruz; Fabian Martin Xuana, 22, of Santa Cruz; George Sepulveda Fonsenca, 30, of Santa Cruz; Jose Lombera, 25, of Santa Cruz; and Jose Saul Ayala, 33, of Santa Cruz.