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September 29, 2011

Neighbors' complaints bring prostitution arrest

HAVERHILL — Police said alert neighbors helped officers catch a woman offering sex to men late Tuesday morning.

When neighbors saw what they believed were two prostitutes at Vine and Pentucket streets, they got angry and called police, said Deputy Chief Donald Thompson.

Within minutes, one of the women was arrested and is now serving a 20-day sentence at Framingham State Prison.

"Dispatch had several calls from people in the area about prostitutes working the streets," Thompson said.

An undercover officer drove to the location and one of them yelled at him, the deputy chief said. When the officer pulled over, one of the women got into his unmarked car and offered her services for $25, police said. Cristy Lebron, 25, of 34 Grand Ave., was arrested and charged with offering sex conduct for a fee.

Lebron was arraigned in Haverhill District Court, where she pleaded guilty to the charge. Judge Patricia Dowling sent her to prison for 20 days.

According to documents on file at Haverhill District Court, Lebron received a six-month sentence in December 2008 after being found guilty of sex conduct for a fee.

She was ordered to serve that sentence after being found in violation of her probation. Lebron received a 20-day sentence in February 2008, also on a charge of offering sex for a fee.

Her record also includes arrests for assault and battery, breaking and entering and disorderly conduct. Her occupation is listed as disabled in court records.

The Haverhill police Street Crimes Unit often targets prostitution and makes arrests. In this instance, residents of the Acre neighborhood took the initiative to call police and helped bring about an arrest, Thompson said.

The deputy chief encouraged residents who see criminal activity in their neighborhoods to call police at 978-373-1212.

Haverhill police also do stings several times a year, in which female officers pose as prostituites and lure customers, who are arrested.

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