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Police: Tempe prostitution bust nets 16 arrests

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(l-r) Brian Smargiassi, Thomas Goldstein, John Daniels (l-r) Brian Smargiassi, Thomas Goldstein, John Daniels
(l-r) Robert Kempton, Andre Cole, Ronald Cicala (l-r) Robert Kempton, Andre Cole, Ronald Cicala
(top l-r) Luis Mota, Anthony Curcio. (bottom l-r) Matthew Berger, Matthew Goldstein (top l-r) Luis Mota, Anthony Curcio. (bottom l-r) Matthew Berger, Matthew Goldstein
(top l-r) Lakshma  Gopidi, Daniel Swanson. (bottom l-r) Kristopher Olson, Mudit Gupta (top l-r) Lakshma Gopidi, Daniel Swanson. (bottom l-r) Kristopher Olson, Mudit Gupta
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

A prostitution sting at a Tempe hotel netted 16 arrests last week, police said.

The arrests were made on July 8 and July 9 at a local hotel near the intersection of Priest Drive and Baseline Road.

Those taken into custody range in age from 27 to 71, according to Tempe Police Department spokeswoman Molly Enright. 

While the operation targeted adult prostitution, the men arrested face other charges, including indecent exposure and drug possession, Enright said. 

"It is important to note that illicit prostitution is often tied to many other violent and organized crimes to include adult human trafficking, domestic minor human trafficking, robbery and narcotics," Enright said in a statement.

The operation was spearheaded by Tempe Police Special Investigations, Special Victims, Tactical Response, Gangs, and Technical Unit detectives.

Enright said the Tempe Police Department "works closely with the local hospitality industry to go after traffickers, pimps and the consumers who pay for and perpetuate the demand for this exploitation industry."

Those arrested were:

  • Jamil Bazzy, 36, charged with possession of drugs
  • Ernesto Cruz, 50, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Thomas Goldstein, 52, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Luis Mota, 28, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Matthew Berger, 27, charged with prostitution solicitation and indecent exposure
  • Anthony Curcio, 39, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Lakshma Gopidi, 43, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Kristopher Olson, 35, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Ronald Cicala, 45, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • John Daniels, 30, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Mudit Gupta, 27, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Brian Smargiassi, 54, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Andre Cole, 39, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Matthew Godwin, 28, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Robert Kempton, 71, charged with prostitution solicitation
  • Daniel Swanson, 41, charged with prostitution solicitation

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