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May 10, 2014

Officers make prostitution, heroin arrests

TRAVERSE CITY — Undercover officers arrested a Kalkaska woman on accusations she worked as a prostitute in a Traverse City hotel room.

The incident is the second time in two weeks that Traverse Narcotics Team officers went undercover in the Grand Traverse region to arrest suspects on a prostitution-related charges.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said prostitution is not a common charge in his county’s courts.

“I can’t remember the last time,” he said.

Molly Jean Matthews, 24, of Kalkaska, faces charges of possession of heroin, prostitution and using a computer to commit a crime.

Kenneth William Moore, 32, of Redford, is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, a felony punished by up to 20 years in prison.

Both were arrested Wednesday by TNT officers who received a tip from Children’s Protective Services officials that a woman offering prostitution services had a small boy with her.

Cooney said the complaint states Matthews advertised as an escort on a website. He said that tipped off TNT officers and led to an undercover operation at Traverse City’s Comfort Inn.

“We were able to gain evidence this person was acting as a prostitute. Based on that information we were able to make an arrest,” said TNT Detective Lt. Daniel King.

Officers arrested Matthews, Moore and a Detroit man, 36. Court documents state officers seized heroin from both Matthews and Moore and $1,100 from Moore. King didn’t have an amount of heroin seized.

CPS caseworkers took the child into their care. King said he considered the child to be in danger, but wouldn’t comment on injuries.

Cooney didn’t receive a complaint on the Detroit man, who’s in Kalkaska County’s jail on an outstanding warrant.

Matthews and Moore have yet to be scheduled for arraignments in 86th District Court.

Leelanau County prosecutors last week charged Thomas John Vandermel, 59, of Muskegon; and Tanya Sue Paulsen, 29, of Hesperia, with prostitution-related charges after a similar TNT bust in Bingham Township.



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