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Needham police make another prostitution arrest

Posted by Evan Allen  April 4, 2012 09:30 AM

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Needham police have arrested the third person in less than a month on prostitution charges, police said Tuesday.

Working with the Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime task force, detectives conducted an undercover operation into prostitution complaints at the Sheraton Hotel, according to
Needham Police Lieutenant John Schlittler.

“The Sheraton had no idea about it until one of their alert staff members noticed that something wasn’t right,” said Schlittler. “They contacted us right away. They wanted to protect the integrity of the hotel.”

Police investigated the matter for two or three weeks, he said, before sending in an undercover officer to negotiate a deal for a sexual act.

On March 29, they arrested Darcie Duval, 20, of Duluth, Ga., police said. Duval was charged with sexual conduct for a fee.

The matter is still under investigation, said Schlittler, but police don’t expect to make any more arrests.

A spokeswoman for the hotel declined to comment.

Duval pleaded guilty at her arraignment at Dedham District Court on March 30, according to David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney's office. There was no incarceration or probation ordered, he said. Duval was released.

Earlier in March, police raided two Needham spas after undercover operations. They arrested two massage therapists on charges of sexual conduct for a fee.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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