Prostitution case ends in amended charge, fines
An Ironton man who was arrested in Ashland, Ky., and charged with prostitution in March admitted to a reduced charge Monday in Boyd County District Court.
Jeff Willis, of 831 N. Fourth St., pleaded guilty to loitering for the purpose of prostitution, a misdemeanor, according to a clerk at the court. Willis also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of operating on a suspended license and possession of an operator’s license, which were merged.
Willis was sentenced to pay fines and courts costs in the amount of $504.
Stella Caudill, of Ashland, Ky., charged with misdemeanor prostitution, also pleaded guilty Monday. According to the court clerk, Caudill’s charge was consolidated with other pending prostitution charges. She was ordered to pay $254 in court costs and fines and ordered to undergo mandatory STD testing.
Willis was arrested and Caudill cited by Ashland Police at approximately 4:50 p.m. on March 15, at the 2500 block of Carter Avenue.
According to the police report by Maj. Mark McDowell, a woman was walking on Carter Avenue in the 2300 block, talking on a cell phone and went inside a liquor store.
“Then (she) came outside as a white Mercury SUV pulled up at the front door,” the report stated. “(The woman) exited the store and without hesitation jumped in the Mercury SUV. I initiated a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Carter Avenue.”
Willis was driving the SUV and told officers he was giving the woman a ride to a nearby restaurant. He denied he was soliciting a prostitute. He provided officers with an Ohio operator’s license, which had been suspended by Ohio for non-payment of an out-of-state fine.