Six arrested during prostitution sting: NYPD

Police arrested six men in an undercover prostitution sting last week.
By Naeisha Rose

JAMAICA — Police arrested six men for allegedly patronizing a prostitute last week at the intersection of 153rd Street and South Road in Jamaica as part of the 103rd Precinct’s “Losing Proposition” undercover operation, according to the NYPD.

Kelvis Donoghue, 36; Carlos Palmer, 28; Vernon Gantt, 54; Matthew Dummett, 28; Craig Dalton, 58; and Maul Shimon, 47, were charged with patronizing a prostitute on Oct. 4, according to authorities.

Donoghue and Palmer pleaded guilty to a violation, the Queens DA’s office said. Their cases are now sealed.

Gantt allegedly agreed to pay a male undercover officer $25 if the officer would engage in sexual intercourse with him, according to the criminal complaint.

Dummett allegedly wanted to pay a female undercover officer $20 if she were to engage in oral sex, the complaint said.

Shimon and Dalton were not cited in a criminal complaint against them, the DA’s office said.

The arrests came just four months after residents attended a Neighborhood Community Officer meeting at the Concerned Parents Day Care, located at 143-04 on 101st Ave. and told officers their fears about prostitution coming back to the area.

Zaheer Hamid, a resident who attended the June meeting, mentioned that 157th Street and Sutphin Boulevard was one of the places where solicitations for sex occurred. He tried to take his daughter out for ice cream one evening when he saw a call girl propositioning people for sex there, he said.

— Naeisha Rose

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