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Seven arrested in new Fayetteville prostitution sting

Posted August 20, 2010

— Fayetteville police arrested seven people in another prostitution sting operation Thursday night.

The operation in the Eastern Boulevard and Massey Hill area resulted in the following arrests:

  • Betty Ann Willis, 46, one count of solicitation for prostitution
  • Karen Celeski, 36, one count of solicitation for prostitution
  • Mary Sumerlin Ryan, 46, one count each of solicitation for prostitution and a probation violation
  • Kenneth Marlin, 29, for three counts of solicitation for prostitution and crimes against nature
  • Karen Few, 49, one count each of solicitation for prostitution and solicitation for intercourse
  • Linda Wright, 52, one count each of solicit for crimes against nature and solicit for prostitution
  • Latoya Dowden, 26, one count each of solicit for prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia

State Department of Correction records show that Ryan was serving probation for June convictions on two counts of crimes against nature and one count each of prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia. Celeski also has a previous convictions for felony drug possession.

Thursday's operation followed Tuesday night stings in which in undercover officers posed as customers in downtown and the Bonnie Donne area.

Fayetteville police have warned that they are cracking down on repeat offenders and will conduct similar operations in different areas of the city. Police said that they will use their online public alert system, Nixle.com, to post the names, charges, addresses and mug shots of suspects.


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  • oleguy Aug 20, 2010

    Older, more mature, better at it. I agree 46 outta be wild,, 50's and 60's killer....

  • reeceeyarnell Aug 20, 2010

    Just an FYI, sarah was absolutely correct in what she said. "Crime against nature" is a legal term used in published cases in the United States since the 1800's & is defined as a form of sexual behavior that is not considered natural & is seen as a punishable offense in dozens of countries & several U.S. states. Sexual practices that have historically been considered to be crimes against nature include homosexual acts,(bleep) sex, bestiality, & necrophilia. Being it was prostitution, it was likely for (bleep)sex. I'd be very surprised to hear someone was soliciting a sexual partner for their animal or dead relative. As for having sex in a church or near a school, although it sounds horrible, unless you're doing it in outside in plain view of the public, I don't think you're likely to get arrested for it. In fact, it probably happens more often than you'd like to believe! It's the world's oldest profession so I think Spirit's idea of medical oversight is smart! Keep it safe & tax !

  • eric52272 Aug 20, 2010

    seriously? is there nothing else the fay police could focus on...drugs, murder, robbery, violence, child abuse....

  • flapy Aug 20, 2010

    sarahsoandso: Apparently you are the ignorant one crimes against nature means they are offering services in certain places a Church for example or near a school.

  • Adelinthe Aug 20, 2010

    Will never understand why they don't make prostitution totally legal - then saddle it with required medical oversight and tax the living daylights out of it.

    God bless.


  • ngsoldier13p Aug 20, 2010

    The issue here does not seem to be what law enforcement should or should not enforce this law, bc if you are unaware, Crimes Against Nature is a felony and LE has NO discretion when it comes to charging for felonies, based on NC law. The real issue here is someone should probably contact their local State Representative and see if legislation could be pushed through to get this law abolished, IF you have such a problem with it...

  • ngsoldier13p Aug 20, 2010

    There seems to be a lot of misconception in these comments. The crime of "Crimes Against Nature" has nothing to do with the "position" the "deed" is performed. What it has to do with is the, um, PLACES where certain things are put. According to NC General Statute, only body parts that are meant (as in biologically created, or NATURAL) to fit together are allowed to fit together. Anything otherwise is considered Crimes Against Nature. NCGS also states that married couples are EXEMPT from this law. As an LEO I can assure you that no LEO is going to go to your house or other PRIVATE place and try to see what you are doing. The majority of the people who are charged with this crime are prostitutes or their johns, and on occasion certain couples who are not as discreet as they should probably have been...

  • htomc42 Aug 20, 2010

    The puritanical stench of these morality-based laws is worse than the actual offense itself. Just remember that if you are on a jury, the State isn't merely asking you to render a verdict on guilt, they also need your consent regarding the justice of the law itself.

  • ncguy Aug 20, 2010

    I am a conservative, but I think prostitution should be legal.

  • john283594 Aug 20, 2010

    "Crimes against nature" meaning homosexual activity?

    No, it was sex with a horse in this case.