Police: Undercover Prostitution Sting Nabs Several Area Men

After answering an online classified ad, the suspects "met with undercover detectives and offered them money in exchange for sexual activities," according to Milford Police.

Milford Police, with the assistance of the Stratford Police, conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitution in the city. Credit: Patch file photo
Milford Police, with the assistance of the Stratford Police, conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitution in the city. Credit: Patch file photo
Milford Police cast a crime net via an online classified ad that ensnared several area men in the department's latest undercover prostitution sting.

According to Milford Police Officer Jeffrey Nielsen, classified advertising websites are frequently used by "prostitution enterprises to conduct illegal activities with their clients."

"Based on these types of activities and complaints received by this department, the Milford Police Department Narcotics & Vice Unit recently conducted an undercover operation to address these issues," Nielsen stated in a press release.

Undercover Operation

And so, Milford Police — along with the assistance of Stratford Police — conducted an undercover operation Feb. 20 targeting prostitution in Milford, which involved a classified ad placed on the internet.

"The arrestees met with undercover detectives and offered them money in exchange for sexual activities," Nielsen stated.

'Patronizing a Prostitute'

As a result of the operation, each of the suspects listed below were arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute:

  • Kevin Gonzalez, 21, Center Street in West Haven
  • Steve Dudas, 58, New Jersey Avenue in Fleming, N.J.
  • Stuart Allen, 50, Hall Road in Easton
  • Michael Genovese, 44, Roger Avenue in North Haven
  • George Giosmas, 57, Willard Road in Shelton
  • Roland Bakhos, 32, of Rennell Street in Bridgeport
  • Ronald Osach, 65, of Richard Sweet Drive in Woodbridge
All of the suspects were released on a promise to appear in Milford Superior Court March 18.
Grumpy Old Man February 25, 2014 at 06:37 AM
Is that a young George W. Bush picking up Sharon Stone ?
Lou Sknt February 25, 2014 at 07:04 AM
There go my weekend plans, i says!
CB February 25, 2014 at 07:11 AM
Grumpy Old Man, that was very funny. :) How about the guy that came from New Jersey. Geez that's pretty bizarre.
JP February 25, 2014 at 07:20 AM
Actually, pretty smart -- doubt anybody in his Jersey town will be reading the Milford Patch. Of course, patronizing a prostitute . . . not so smart.
Hugh Blair February 25, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Every day across the country men and women are arrested for prostitution and related actions. Why are these people, both sex workers and their clients so vilified and harassed? Society's view of sex has changed over the years. It now accepts more public display and discussion about things sexual. With all the openness and heightened exposure of sex in the media and general public, the oldest element of sex, prostitution, still lives in the shadows. Both prostitutes and their customers are reviled and forced to operate in the margins of this otherwise open society. What does who one has sex with and wether or not the sex is paid for have to do with their qualification for public or private position? Rather than fall back on the tired bromides and sensationalism of the plastering it appears that society is beginning to take another look at sex work, sex workers and those who patronize them. Why is prostitution against the law? Where is the crime when two adults agree to have sex in exchange for money? This isn’t trafficking, which isn’t a sex crime but is a human rights abuse. Those forced into sex work should not be charged with prostitution but should be rescued from the traffickers. These laws allow too many dehumanize sex workers. If they aren't looked on as having the same rights as the rest of society then those who prey on women find easy targets in sex workers. Today sex workers and their customers are marginalized and viewed through a distorted lense. They are dehumanized and as a consequence it is too easy to take advantage of or abuse them. We need to recognize they are members of our society with the same wants and needs as everyone. Many if not most add to society in a positive manner, paying taxes, raising families adding to the economy etc. Legalizing will allow escorts the opportunity to contact police when they need to. Right now they can't because no matter why they call they are subject to arrest. Believe me escorts who are in the business for themselves are as against trafficking as you are. Legalization will allow escorts to be removed from the criminal element. Just like gambling, and alcohol and other so called vices, when legalized prostitution will be no longer a vehicle of the mob or pimps or gangs. Watch the documentary "American Courtesans", a movie where sex workers, their families and even customers have a chance to speak about their lives. It is powerful, fascinating and has been shown in film festivals all over the world including the ECU festival in Paris and Women's International festival in Miami and won awards for best editing and best documentary. The producer Kristen DiAngelo is also a sex worker/activist. Kristen DiAngelo is a voice for the rights of all sex workers and has launched The American Courtesans Project www.the-ac-project.com to bring light and humanity to the world of sex work. She is giving lectures at Rutgers and San Francisco State later in the year. 'American Courtesans' is available in over 100 million homes across the US and Canada -- including on some of the largest cable systems in the country and iTunes , Amazon, Google+ and Hulu. It is also available on DVD and BluRay on www.americancourtesans.com and ebay.
vinny a February 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM
joseph esposito February 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Huge Blair, You have more sense than most! What a waste of police resources, not to mention the FACT, that it is unethical for police to ENTRAP a MAN with a NEED, something wo=MEN do anyway! Prostitution is built into a wo=MANS nature, and is encouraged in just about every imaginable way! No need to trap a MAN with a NEED! Better to regulate it and allow it in certain areas where people don't feel threatened by it.
MikeS February 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM
My neighbor had a break-in to his house earlier in the year while they were away. Perps busted through a window, took cash & jewelry. Police came, looked over scene, took notes, dusted for prints (none found) & that was it. Meanwhile, they were planning intricate sting operations using who knows how much resources to nab horny non-violent offenders. So the message is, MPD will go above & beyond to nail the easy targets in the area of vice, e.g. drugs & prostitution. If someone breaks into your home, though, sorry, you're SOL, we just hope you & your family aren't home when it happens.
J D C February 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM
GRUMPY, it DOES look like Bush too!!! I just looked at it again close.....hahahahah good one. "well uh Sharon, you wanna come help me look for the EVIL DOER'S", wink wink?
Ty February 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Can I ask WHY this is even illegal. If its trafficking then yes by all means arrest away but if its legit just leave it alone and use the resources elsewhere. Honestly by creating this entrapment sting you aren't even REMOTELY going at the problem which would be thug pimps. Your simply catching some guy out there making a transaction. Which is tax free by all means and that is where the REAL problem arises. So you got 7 horny dirty guys off the street.... big thumbs up to using tax dollars effectively! Douches
Helene E. Logan February 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Seriously, aren't their more pressing things to investigate than this? And it's a shame that these guys now have their names plastered on the web.
J D C February 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Yeah its like having a "Sting" to catch drug USERS! REAL constructive. golf clap...............
MikeP February 25, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Why doesnt the Patch just say Craigs List, I mean who uses any other online classified with a section dedicated for subversive services? Or maybe it was it the Buy/Sell/Trade section of the Patch itself?!
David Chesler February 25, 2014 at 03:33 PM
The photo illustrates a streetwalker, which can be a nuisance, but the attempted crime involved private interactions in motel rooms which intrude on nobody and which would be completely legal if money did not change hands.
Grumpy Old Man February 25, 2014 at 04:59 PM
The photo illustrates a street walker ?? What street is that because I'm moving there . Listen Mikep is right . They are Craigslist ads . A quick jump to that site will show you . Not one looks like Miss Stone . Women don't sell them selfs to go to school , drive a nice car or get their hair done . The majority are addicted to drugs . These woman are not happy with their choices but they do it to get their next fix . After theses "men" pay their money , guess who the hookers calls ? Her pimp or her dealer . Neither of which I would like in my town . What Milford pd has done is get the word out that "hey they are watching Craigslist so maybe it's not a good idea to get my ""date" there ! Now if they could do something with all these new Asian " massage parlors " that keep popping up .
John Pasnau February 25, 2014 at 06:23 PM
I just got home from a trip to the EU which included Amsterdam where pot and prostitution are both legal, taxed and regulated. What a nice place it is. Doesn't seem to be any down side to that approach at all. Time to grow up America.
CB February 25, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Those of you proposing to legalize prostitution, would you want accept them into your neighborhood, running their business on your street corner?
David Chesler February 25, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Yes Grumpy, a streetwalker. A man in a car and a woman not in the car. I used to know some streets and rest stops, but the workers didn't look like that, and that was before Times Square turned into Disneyland anyway. I thought Craigslist got rid of Adult Services a few years ago, after Philip Markoff murdered Julissa Brisman, but there are other sites that deal with it. I've known women who dabbled in the business. Not druggies, not slaves. Some workers do have pimps, because our laws do not allow them to turn to the police for protection. I live in a neighborhood zoned residential, CB, but I wouldn't mind if three were prostitution in my neighborhood in the nearby business district. If things were arranged online and inside motel rooms, I doubt I'd even know it's going on, but even if I did it would fit in well with the pawn shops, smoke shop, vacant site where an adult bookstore burned down, vacant farm market, vacant theatre, part-time fireworks store, part-time Republican Party headquarters, and rat-infested motels.
Tmc February 25, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Fact; anything the govt can't make a buck off of is illegal.
Jason February 26, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Fact: Majority of the girls are victims of abuse by the "Johns"...Many of the girls are forced into this life..and are systematically abused by their pimps and "johns". It is not a waste of money...Maybe these "Johns" should get a dam life.
joseph esposito February 26, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Jason, you must have a dominant Jewish mother? Only a FOOL would believe such ABSURD NONSENSE, such as your feminist diatribe, that most prostitutes are somehow forced into exploiting a MANS needs, and making MEN pay. Just one precursor look at the way wo=MEN dress, is evidence they don't need any coercion to become prostitutes. Blame equality! How come wo=MEN don't pay MEN for sex? It is because the wo=MAN holds the ball in this court. People who see prostitutes as victims, are usually left wing Jews who feel sorry for shabby wo=MEN, or pandering politicians.
JP February 27, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Only one word for the post above -- WOW ! ! ! You must be a real hit with the ladies, Mr. Enlightenment, as well as our friends in the Jewish community ! ! !
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Sound like "Mr" Esposito pays for sex . What's wrong Joe? Never any good with the ladies ??
MikeP February 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM
I some how see death from a Massive Coronary in that man's hate filled future. Looking forward to "Recommend" his obituary.


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