December 22, 2014

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Police arrest woman soliciting sex for money to get boyfriend out of jail

ELYRIA — Elyria police made another arrest in a series of investigations into Internet prostitution on Tuesday.

Leila Shaneek, 22, from Parma, was charged with two counts of possession of criminal tools and one count of solicitation at the 500 block of Walnut Street around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Elyria police received a tip that Shaneek was soliciting sex for money on the Internet, so an officer called Shaneek and posed as a potential client.

The meeting at the house on Walnut Street was arranged — the officer picked the locale — and as soon as she arrived, she and the officer discussed the cost of various sex acts and the officer handed her money, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

The acceptance of the money was the key to a proving crime, and she immediately was arrested by three Elyria detectives and a sergeant who had been monitoring the exchange.

“She told us she was relatively new to this,” Costantino said, adding that Shaneek told officers she was soliciting sex for money in order to get her boyfriend out of jail.

Police determined that she was working alone after they questioned her.

The two possession of criminal tools charges were for the money Shaneek accepted as well as the phone she used to make calls to the undercover officer.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.