FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department conducted a special undercover operation on March 3 at an undisclosed area hotel, resulting in various charges of engaging and promoting prostitution, possession of marijuana, Percoset and drug paraphernalia and possession of an imitation firearm among ten individuals.
The operation was the latest in joint ongoing efforts of the Fairfield Police with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and their “Innocence Lost National Initiative.” A 16-year-old runaway female, who was being promoted for the purposes of prostitution, was recovered as well.
“This is why this absolutely not a victimless crime as many proclaim,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna. “There are real young people who should be enjoying their teen years rather than being placed in a hotel room in Fairfield for the purposes of prostitution."
Manna also resolved his department to continue fighting for juveniles in Fairfield and surrounding areas.
“We will continue to be a leading law-enforcement agency whose goal it is to arrest and prosecute anyone who takes the innocence away from a juvenile,” said Manna.
Also assisting in the operation were investigators from the F.B.I., the New Jersey State Police, the Essex and Hudson County Prosecutors’ Offices, and from the Caldwell, Essex Fells, Montville, North Caldwell and Pequannock Police Departments.
As a result of their joint investigative efforts, ten individuals were arrested for various charges:
Jasmine Crisp, 19, of Newark, NJ, for engaging in prostitution;
Oshane Crooks, 30, of Brooklyn, NY, for promoting prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia;
Shennette Munroe, 25, of Brooklyn, NY, for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia;
Katherine Soland, 25, of Elmwood Park, NJ, for engaging in prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia;
Jessica Burns, 38, of Brooklyn, NY, for promoting prostitution and possession of an imitation firearm;
Roberta Lombardi, 43, of Cedar Grove, NJ, for engaging in prostitution;
Unique Andrews, 19, of New York, NY, for promoting and engaging in prostitution;
Antoniese Nguyen, 22, of Atlanta, GA, for promoting and engaging in prostitution;
Jackie Cotton-Pearson, 35, of East Orange, NJ, for first degree promoting prostitution of a minor, possession of a fraudulent drivers license and possession of Percocet;
and Janae Fussell, 43, of Cedar Grove, NJ, for first degree promoting prostitution of a minor and engaging in prostitution.
Also, three vehicles and approximately $2700 in cash was seized.
Bail was set at $50,000 for Cotton-Pearson and $25,000 for Fussell. Both were transported to the Essex County Correctional Center in lieu of posting bail.
Since becoming involved in this initiative, the Fairfield Police Department has conducted approximately eight similar joint investigations that have resulted in the recovery of three minors. Recently, the department received a citation from the F.B.I. commending their efforts.
(Charges against all of these individuals are merely allegations and all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.)