CLIFTON PARK -- Sixteen people have been arrested as part of a prostitution sting operation conducted by the state police.
Working with the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Electronics Surveillance Unit, troopers arrested nine women and seven men, according to a police report.
The sting operation involved police using social media to set up meetings in the Clifton Park Area, according to troopers.
Those charged with prostitution were: Jamie L. Adams, 19, of Schenectady; Christa L. Brown, 20, of Troy; Sarah Z. Davis, 25, of Schenectady; Billiejo Kirven, 22, of Canton, Ohio; Nicole Wray, 41, of Queensbury; Abigail E. Henderson, 29, of Waterford; Ethel L. Jones, 39, of Hyde Park, Massachussetts; Keana H. Leton, 40, of Latham, and Sharavia J. Moore, 29, of Albany.
Those charged with patronizing a prostitute were: Jeffrey M. Hewitt, 37, of Watervliet; Warren L. Lashway, 47, of Nassau; Shawn C. Messier, 44, of Halfmoon; Steve Moore, 60, of Yorktown, Virginia; Robert L. Palson, 55, of Round Top; Jonas J. Penrose, 39, of Queensbury, and Richard S. Wible, 47, of Vineland, New Jersey.
In addition to prostitution, Adams and Henderson were also charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, troopers said. Davis was also arrested on an active warrant from Hudson Falls Police Department.
All of those arrested were released to appear in Clifton Park Town Court at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.